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Family of 9-year-old Astroworld victim reject Travis Scott offer to cover funeral costs

The family of Ezra Blount, 9, the youngest victim who died as a result of Travis Scott’s November 5 performance at the Astroworld Music Festival in Houston, Texas, rejected the rapper’s offer to pay Blount’s funeral expenses .

“Your client’s offer is declined. I have no doubt that Mr. Scott has remorse. His coming journey will be painful. He has to face and hopefully see that he bears some of the responsibility for this tragedy, ”Blount family attorney Bob Hilliard told Scott’s attorney Daniel Petrocelli in a statement. Monday letter, obtained by Rolling stone.

Petrocelli had sent a letter to Hilliard and his co-counsel Ben Crump last Wednesday, writing: “Travis is devastated by the tragedy at the Astroworld festival and mourns the families whose loved ones have died or been injured.

“Travis is committed to doing his part to help families who have suffered and begin the long process of healing in the Houston community,” added Petrocelli. “To that end, Travis would like to pay the funeral expenses for Mr. Blount’s son.”

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Ezra Blount – who died Nov. 14 after being on life support for days after being stepped on at Astroworld – was buried Nov. 23 during a funeral in Texas. Blount’s death had brought the death toll in Astroworld to 10.

Ezra Blount, 9, attends Travis Scott’s Astroworld Music Festival on November 5 in Houston, Texas. Photo: Treston Blount

In his letter to Petrocelli on Monday, Hilliard added that “for now” Scott “must respect” that his own “devastation” is nothing compared to that of Ezra Blount’s family.

Hilliard also said Rolling stone that Scott’s legal advisor had previously contacted the Blount family in hopes of arranging an in-person meeting – but that offer was also turned down.

“We have been pretty firm. With all due respect, no. It’s not a photo-op story here. It is a “who is responsible and why” type of inquiry. And he’s on the shortlist, ”Hilliard said of Scott.

On the day of the Astroworld tragedy, Ezra Blount was on his father’s shoulders as the countdown to Scott’s performance began. His father said he stayed towards the back of the crowd because he thought that area would be quieter. However, a stampede struck as soon as the rapper entered the scene.

The boy’s father then reportedly passed out and Ezra fell to the ground, where he was later trampled by onlookers.

Alex Hilliard, another lawyer representing the Blount family, said Monday that Ezra’s parents “are trying to regroup and move on, but it’s a day-to-day, hour-by-hour survival mode. , minute by minute that they’re in it.

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