Danish Baig. John Hilgert. Franco Patino. Brianna Rodriguez. In the aftermath of a mass casualty event like the Astroworld Festival, the sheer number of deceased and injured victims can prove overwhelming. Behind the numbers from the Astroworld Festival are eight young people who’ve tragically lost their lives. All of the individuals who suffered fatal injuries at the tragic concert at Houston NRG Park are in their 20s or teens. Three of those who lost their lives at Astroworld Festival have now been identified:
One of the four victims who lost their lives at the Astroworld Festival has been identified as Danish Baig. At the time of his tragic death, Danish was 27. Witnesses from the concert explain that Danish gave up his life trying to save a family member when the stampede broke out at the concert site. Danish’s brother Basil wrote of the tragedy on his own Facebook page:
My brother tried to save my sister-in-law from these horrendous acts that were being done to her in the process he lost his life. I am lost of words and in true trauma from this event. I was there and I wasn’t able to save my brother. People were hitting pushing and shoving.
John Hilgert was a ninth grade student at Memorial High School in Harris County. Green ribbons are to be found adorning Memorial High in honor of John. In addition, the school is making counselors available to fellow students at the school to assist in their grief in the aftermath of this truly untimely death. MHS Principal Lisa Weir issued a statement about the tragic loss of this young man:
Our hearts go out to the student’s family and to his friends and our staff at Memorial. This is a terrible loss, and the entire MHS family is grieving today.
The second person identified as losing his life at the Astroworld Festival is Franco Patino. 21-year-old Franco Patino was a student at the University of Dayton in Ohio. According to university officials, who were the first to announce tragic death of this promising young man, Franco was majoring in mechanical engineering technology. Although studying in Ohio, like John Hilgert, Franco Patino is a Harris County resident.
The third young person identified as a fatal victim of the Astroworld Festival is Brianna Rodriguez. Brianna was 16 years old. She was a student attending Heights High School in Harris County. Brianna’s aunt has spoken briefly about this bright, enthusiastic young woman. She said that Brianna Rodriguez had a true passion for dancing.
Four other young people lost their lives at the Astroworld Festival catastrophe. There is speculation that their names will be released at some point on Sunday.
13 victims of the horrific tragedy at NRG Park remain hospitalized, some of them still in critical condition. Five of the 13 hospitalized victims are under the age of 18.
Astroworld Festival Injury Lawyer Hotline: (832) 835-0000
Many questions remain about what happened at the Astroworld Festival and how the tragedy possibly could have occurred in the first instance. The Doan Law Firm of Houston is maintaining a 24-hour helpline and hotline at (832) 835-0000 to assist victims of the Astroworld Festival disaster and their families. Consultations with a caring, compassionate Astroworld Festival injury lawyer can be arranged any time. There is no cost associated with a consultation. Indeed, the Astroworld Festival injury lawyer team charges no fee unless a settlement or judgment is obtained.
Statement from Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo
Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo summed up the feelings of the Houston community, and of those around the country and across the globe, in the aftermath of the Astroworld Festival tragedy:
The events last night were tragic beyond belief. This is an artist that we know has a following amongst young people with bright futures. Those were the people that were at the event, (they) went to have a good time. And no one, no parent, no friend, no sibling should see their loved one off to a concert by a world-renowned artist and not be able to expect them to come home safely.