- American rapper Roddy Ricch performed on Friday at the Astroworld Festival in Houston.
- A mass casualty event occurred as thousands pushed toward the stage to watch Travis Scott perform.
- Ricch announced on Instagram that he’d donate his earnings from the festival to victims’ families.
Following a mass casualty event at the Astroworld music festival on Friday, American rapper Roddy Ricch announced on Instagram that he would donate the compensation he received from performing to the victims’ families.
“I’ll be donating my net compensation to the families of this incident,” Ricch said, adding the hashtag, #Pray4Houston.
Any family members of the victims are asked to contact Ricch’s manager, Shawn Holiday.
-XXL Magazine (@XXL) November 7, 2021
Officials in Houston are still investigating the events of October 5, which left eight people dead and hundreds more injured during a performance by Travis Scott, the festival’s headliner and organizer. The mass casualty event was triggered by an influx of nearly 50,000 people pushing toward the stage as Scott began performing.
“The crowd began to compress towards the front of the stage, and that caused some panic, and it started causing some injuries,” Houston Fire Chief Samuel Peña told reporters at a news conference. “People began to fall out, become unconscious, and it created additional panic.”
Among the victims of the surge were two minors, two 21-year-olds, two 23-year-olds, a 27-year-old, and another person whose age was unknown, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said. Names of the victims have not been released to the public.