Tragedy in Houston Texas Surrounds Travis Scott

Anastasia Carlon, Staff Writer

On November 5, 2021, rapper Travis Scott hosted a festival in Houston Texas that ended in tragedy.

The rapper planned on having other artists there, such as Bad Bunny, SZA, Drake, and even Earth, Wind, and Fire. However, the plans came crashing down when people in the audience began to experience drug overdoses, heart attacks, and difficulty breathing. Several videos show audience members pleading to stop the show, which were ignored by Scott who was performing his nighttime set.

Eight people passed away that night. The victims have been identified as Mirza Baig, 27, Rodolfo Peña, 23, Madison Dubiski, 23, Franco Patiño, 21, Jacob Jurinke, 20, John Hilgert, 14, Axel Acosta Avila, 21, and Brianna Rodriguez, 16.

Along with the deaths, hundreds were injured and Bharti Shahani, 22, was left brain dead from her injuries. The star and his team are now facing heavy scrutiny over being unprepared for the number of people, along with their ignorance of stopping the show.

Drake spoke out about the show via Instagram, stating, “I’ve spent the past few days trying to wrap my mind around this devastating tragedy. I hate resorting to this platform to express an emotion as delicate as grief but this is where I find myself. My heart is broken for the families and friends of those who lost their lives and for anyone who is suffering.”

Scott made his statement through a video, saying that his fans mean the world to him and that he is working to get to “the bottom of this” by having the help of the local authorities.

Felix Rivera gave his input stating, “I’ve listened to Travis for 5 years, and I would have attended AstroworldFest. I think the situation could have been avoided if everyone worked together to be safe and responsible. About his apology, I feel like he could’ve said more but he couldn’t do anything about it.” He shares the opinion of many fans and ex-fans. “