Astroworld Festival victim’s family declined Travis Scott’s offer to pay for their 9-year-old’s funeral
Ezra was required to the performance by his dad Treston Blount, his grandpa Bernon Blount informed CNN.
Daniel M. Petrocelli, a lawyer representing Travis Scott, sent out a letter dated November 24 to both Crump and Bob Hilliard, who are representing the Blount household, to extend Scott’s “deepest sympathies and condolences to Mr. Blount for the loss of his beloved son Ezra,” and to use his financial backing.
Hilliard responded with the household’s reaction, turning down the deal.
“The loss of a child is like a faucet of unimaginable pain that has no off handle,” Hilliard’s letter stated. “Your client’s offer is declined.”
The letters were supplied to CNN by Hilliard. CNN has actually connected to Petrocelli and Scott’s group for remark, however has actually not heard back.
Scott stated in a declaration following the Astroworld occasion that he was “devastated” about what occurred.
He visited ‘his preferred artist’
Ezra remained in Houston to see “his favorite artist” and participated in the performance with his dad Treston Blount, stated his grandpa Bernon Blount. “When my son went to the concert, he had my grandson on his shoulder,” Bernon Blount stated.
“All the people pushed in, and he could not breathe so he ended up passing out because of all the pressure that was being applied to his body. And when he passed out, Ezra fell off his shoulder and fell into the crowd.”
Petrocelli’s letter went on to state that Scott is “devastated” by the disaster and likewise “grieves for the families whose loved ones died or were injured.”
“Travis very much would like to reach out personally, but does not wish to intrude on Mr. Blount’s privacy during his time of grieving,” Petrocelli’s letter stated. “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.”
The letter concluded by specifying that this deal would have “no effect” on any suits the household might belong to.
“There may be, and I hope there is, redemption and growth for him on the other side of what this painful process will be — and perhaps one day, once time allows some healing for the victims and acceptance of responsibility by Mr. Scott and others, Treston and Mr. Scott might meet — as there is also healing in that,” Hilliard’s letter stated.
“For now, Mr. Scott must respect the fact that his pain and his devastation pale to Treston’s, Ezra’s mom, and the other victims.”
The fit, submitted previously that week, names accuseds consisting of Apple Music, Scott, the rap artist Drake and Live Country, declaring they were irresponsible and stood to make “an exorbitant amount of money” from the occasion however selected to “cut corners, cut costs and put the festival attendees at risk.”
CNN connected to the accuseds however did not instantly hear back.
Live Country h formerly stated in a declaration it was “heartbroken for those lost and impacted” and “will continue working to provide as much information and assistance as possible to the local authorities as they investigate the situation.”
Drake stated in a declaration published on Instagram after the performance that his “heart is broken for the families and friends of those who lost their lives and for anyone who is suffering. I will continue to pray for all of them, and will be of service in any way I can.”
CNN’s Carma Hassan, Chloe Melas, Rosa Flores, Raja Razek and Amir Vera added to this report.
Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.