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‘With all due respect, no’: Astroworld victim’s family rejects funeral payout

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The family of a young boy who died at Astroworld have rejected Travis Scott’s offer to pay for his funeral.

Nine-year-old Ezra Blount died earlier this month after being placed in a medically-induced coma. He death was linked to irreversible organ failure after he was found “trampled” at the festival, which took place on Friday 5 November.

The young boy attended the Astroworld concert with his father Treston, who survived the ordeal. He was laid to rest on 23 November 2021.

However his family have made clear that no money was accepted from the rapper.

VICTIM’S FAMILY REJECT FUNERAL OFFER

According to Rolling Stone, the boy’s family served Travis Scott a letter responding to the financial offer.

The letter – written by the family’s lawyer Bob Hilliard –  reportedly read: “Your client’s offer is decline. I have no doubt Mr. Scott feels remorse. His journey ahead will be painful. He must face and hopefully see that he bears some of the responsibility for this tragedy”.

Thinking of this boy’s family today. Loved ones will gather this morning for Ezra Blount’s funeral in Dallas. The 9 year old died from injuries sustained at #Astroworld. pic.twitter.com/w4fT4QJlEV

— Steve Campion (@SteveABC13) November 23, 2021

The family also declined to meet Travis Scott in person in the wake of the Astroworld tragedy.

Hilliard added to the publication: ‘We were pretty firm. With all due respect, no. This isn’t a photo-op story here. This is a ‘who’s responsible and why’ type of investigation. And he’s on the short list.”

Bob Hilliard, Bount family lawyer

Prior to that, Travis Scott’s attorney Daneil Petrocelli reportedly sent the family a letter, offering to foot the funeral bill.

The letter read:  “Travis is devastated by the tragedy that occurred at the Astroworld festival and grieves for the families whose loved ones died or were injured.

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

According to Petrocelli the offer would ‘have no effect’ on legal proceedings.

ASTROWORLD DEATH TOLL

The Astroworld death toll currently stands at 10. The victims range in age from nine to 27. 300 people were treated for injuries following the deadly crowd-urge. And thirteen people were hospitalised over the incident.

Astroworld World death toll increases to 10 pic.twitter.com/WIgUy6jVk0

— Kollege Kidd (@KollegeKidd) November 15, 2021

Meanwhile Ezra’s family has filed a gross negligence lawsuit against Travis Scott, his record label and Astroworld concert promoters, who they claimed “egregiously failed in their duty to protect the health, safety, and lives” of attendees. 

Their suit is just one of almost 200 been served to the rapper and other involved parties.

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