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Updated on: Sunday, November 07, 2021, 01:38 PM IST

'Blood is on your hands': Travis Scott faces severe backlash after 8 die during stampede at Astroworld concert

Travis Scott | AFP File Photo

Travis Scott | AFP File Photo

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Two children, aged 14 and 16, were among the eight people who died at American rapper Travis Scott's Astroworld music festival in Houston on Friday night (U.S Central Time), the city's mayor said.

The other victims ranged in age from 21 to 27, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said at a press conference. Among the injured is a 10-year-old who is in a critical condition, Houston Police Chief Troy Finner said.

Scott, an eight-time Grammy-nominated artiste who is hugely popular among young adults, was performing at NRG Park, when the crowd began to push toward the stage.

Responding to the tragedy, Travis Scott issued a statement on social media that read: "I'm absolutely devastated by what took place last night. My prayers go out to the families and all those impacted by what happened at the Astroworld Festival."

At least eight people died and more than 300 injured as fans rushed toward the stage during Scott's headlining performance.

The news has sent shock waves across the globe with people condemning the incident. A lot of backlash is also coming in for Scott. Many alleged that even upon looking at the stampede he continued performing for some time.

Here's what people are saying. Have a look.

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Multiple reports from attendees collated by 'Variety' from its own investigations and media reports, however, allege that security and emergency workers were difficult to find and at times unresponsive during the chaotic scenes at NRG Park. The crowd, in fact, was already rambunctious, with many concertgoers seemingly inebriated.

The first reports that people were falling down and had been injured came around 9.30 p.m. local time. The festival stopped at 10:10 p.m. Some people were trampled in the crush of fans in front of the stage. Around 50,000 people were in attendance.

With inputs from IANS.

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Published on: Sunday, November 07, 2021, 01:38 PM IST
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