A 9-year-old Dallas boy has become the youngest person to die from injuries sustained during a crowd surge at the Astroworld music festival in Houston according to Forbes.
Ezra Blount of Dallas died Sunday at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, family attorney Ben Crump said.
He is the 10th person who attended the festival to die.
“The Blount family tonight is grieving the incomprehensible loss of their precious young son,” Crump said in a news release Sunday night. “This should not have been the outcome of taking their son to a concert, what should have been a joyful celebration.”
Houston mayor Sylvester Turner confirmed Blount’s death Sunday night. “Our city tonight prays for his mom, dad, grandparents, other family members and classmates at this time. They will need all of our support in the months and years to come,” Turner wrote.
I am saddened to learn of Ezra’s death this evening. Our city tonight prays for his mom, dad, grandparents, other family members and classmates at this time. They will need all of our support in the months and years to come. May God give them strength. RIP Ezra. st #AstroWorld pic.twitter.com/Ankq7FMa3l
— Sylvester Turner (@SylvesterTurner) November 15, 2021
Blount’s passing comes just days after the death of Bharti Shahani, a 22-year-old Texas A&M University student who was declared brain dead after being transported to a nearby hospital.
In the wake of the tragedy, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) announced the formation of a concert safety task force to “ensure that the tragedy that occurred at the Astroworld Festival never happens again in the Lone Star State.”