The household of 9-year-old Ezra Blount, who died after suffering injuries throughout Travis Scott’s lethal Astroworld Pageant efficiency, has rejected the performer’s provide to pay for his funeral bills.
Blount died on Nov. 14 after being positioned in a medically induced coma resulting from extreme harm to his very important organs suffered after he was reportedly trampled throughout a crowd surge on the Nov. 5 present. He’s the youngest of the ten victims who’ve died on account of the live performance.
In a letter obtained by Fox Information Digital from the Blount household’s legal professional Robert Hilliard that was addressed to Scott’s lawyer, Daniel Petrocelli, it’s made clear that Scott’s provide to cowl the funeral bills is being “declined.”
“I’ve little question Mr. Scott feels regret. His journey forward will likely be painful,” the letter reads. “He should face and hopefully see that he bears a number of the accountability for this tragedy. There could also be, and I hope there’s, redemption and development for him on the opposite aspect of what this painful course of will likely be”
Scott was performing on the music competition he based when the gang reportedly surged leading to ten deaths and plenty of accidents. He has since been named in several lawsuits stemming from those that have been injured or died on account of the present, together with one from the Blount household.
Sooner or later after Ezra’s funeral, the household was contacted by Petrocelli who supplied to pay for the bills.
“Travis is devastated by the tragedy that occurred on the Astroworld Pageant and grieves for the households whose family members died or have been injured. Travis is dedicated to doing his half to assist the households who’ve suffered and start the lengthy technique of therapeutic within the Houston group. Towards that finish, Travis wish to pay for the funeral bills for Mr. Blount’s son,” the letter reads.
Though Petrocelli acknowledged that accepting the funeral cash wouldn’t affect any authorized proceedings, the Blount household nonetheless opted to say no the provide, asking as an alternative for Scott to “respect” that his “devastation” over the tragedy doesn’t examine to the lack of the household’s 9-year-old son.
He in contrast the grief the household is experiencing to “a faucet of unimaginable ache that has no off deal with.”
“As a mum or dad, Treston can’t assist however agonize over the horrible concept that Ezra’s final minutes have been full of terror, struggling, suffocation and worst of all surrounded by strangers, his dad unconscious beneath the uncontrolled crowd,” Hilliard’s letter added.
He additionally famous to Rolling Stone that the household had beforehand rejected affords from Scott to satisfy with the household personally.
“We have been fairly agency. With all due respect, no. This isn’t a photo-op story right here. It is a “who’s accountable and why” kind of investigation. And he’s on the brief record,” he concluded.
The rapper, whose actual identify is Jacques Bermon Webster, announced in a press release following the incident that he was reaching out to all of the victims in an effort to cowl medical bills in addition to any psychological well being sources that they might want.
Treston Blount attended Astroworld together with his son, Ezra. When Scott’s efficiency started, Ezra was sitting on his dad’s shoulders. When the gang surged and obtained too packed collectively, Treston says he handed out, leading to his son falling to the bottom the place he was trampled by the out-of-control crowd.