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  • Writer's pictureAnngie Molina

Fort Smith Native Speaks Out On Astroworld Tragedy

Updated: Jan 11, 2022

As concert goers arrived to see Travis Scott, Bad Bunny, SZA, and other headliners, what they got instead was a tragedy. Astroworld, one of the most famous music festivals that fans are willing to do whatever it takes to go see rapper Travis Scott. Unfortunately, on November 5th, 2021 Astroworld turned into a tragedy with nine people dead, hundreds injured, and many people traumatized.

The incident started 30 minutes before Travis Scott took the stage, as the time got closer all of the fans were wanting to get closer to the stage, and kept pushing and squeezing others which left some people with a lot of pressure on their chest, little air and barely able to move.

Victims at the concert said once he performed on stage, almost 50,000 people ran to the front at once. There were two mosh pits where people dance in a group where they push or slam into each other to “aggressive music”. There were people who were wanting to escape the crowd, and were killed in the crowd as well. There have been many video footage of people trying to help others in the crowd, but once people started noticing that it was getting deadly.

There was a specific video that went viral depicting a person climbing onto a platform where a camera operator was filming and asking for the show to stop, yelling that people were dying. Some other people can be heard downplaying this attendee’s pleas, saying that he should “calm down,” and the staff did not do anything. Many fans were angered and yelled at Travis Scott to stop the festival, in fact Travis Scott noticed a fan passed out on and attempted security to help them but then the rest of the concert, he did not notice a thing.

When the tragedy hit on social media people were wanting Travis Scott to take responsibility.

A senior at UAFS, Andy Chokbengboun went to the Astroworld, and experienced the tragedy. He said to channel 5 news, “It started off optimistic but at the end it just got chaotic. They weren’t moving, They were just standing up because everyone was so close. They were pretty much just standing up even though they were unconscious.” Chokbengboun stated that after everything he had witnessed, he was back on campus after an unforgettable Friday.

Nov 14, 2021 Travis Scott made an apology live on twitter that fans did not accept at all. Travis Scott said he was going to pay all funeral expenses for the victims, there are still other victims that are critically injured.

Nov 17, 2021, More than 15 fans have sued Travis Scott for a total of $750 million after 10 fans died and hundreds were injured.

Dec 1, 2021, Half of the victims family reject Travis Scott's funeral cost offer.

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