Nine-year-old Ezra Blount is in a coma after falling off his father’s shoulders and being trampled at Travis Scott’s deadly Astroworld concert in Houston, Texas, last Friday.
When a massive crowd crush erupted, his father had put the boy on his shoulders to keep him out of the crowd, but the boy fell off when his father passed out, Blount’s grandfather told KTRK-TV.
“My son had Ezra on his shoulders at the concert and my son couldn’t breathe because of all the pressure that was being applied to him and he passed out,” the boy’s grandfather said.
“And when he passed out, Ezra fell into the crowd. He was trampled really bad.”
After that, Blount’s father, whose name was not released, awoke at the festival’s medical station; Blount had already been rushed to hospital with cardiac arrest.
The family said the hospital labeled the boy as a “John Doe,” and he is now in a coma.
Blount was one of the hundreds of people injured at the Astroworld Festival due to the stampede that erupted as Scott took the stage.
The 9-year-old remained in a medically induced coma as of Monday night following severe organ damage, including his kidney, lungs, and heart, and is suffering from brain swelling.
“How could this happen in the city of Houston?” the child’s devastated grandfather told the station. “When we go to concerts and different events, we expect safety and security. All the videos I’ve seen, I didn’t see any security—I saw very little security.”
Blount’s family is seeking justice and has hired attorney Ben Crump to represent them, the New York Post reported. Crump is a well-known civil rights attorney who has represented the families of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor.
“The suffering that this family is going through is immeasurable,” Crump said in a statement. “This little boy had his whole life ahead of him—a life that is currently hanging in the balance because of the reckless mismanagement that ensued at the Astroworld Festival. We ask everyone to send up the most powerful prayers they can as this family tries to grapple with the undoable damage that has been done to their son. We demand justice for EB, his family, and all of our clients that left Astroworld with trauma.”