The latest on the deadly Astroworld crowd surge

By Meg Wagner, Melissa Mahtani and Melissa Macaya, CNN

Updated 7:31 PM ET, Tue November 9, 2021
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9:58 a.m. ET, November 9, 2021

3 people injured at Astroworld Festival remain hospitalized

From CNN’s Rosa Flores

Three people who were injured at the Astroworld Festival over the weekend are still in the hospital, Houston Fire Chief Samuel Peña told CNN. Two of those people are in critical condition.

Eight people were killed and dozens more were injured at the Astroworld Festival in Houston on Friday night.

One of those severely hurt Friday was a 9-year-old boy who's in a medically induced coma, his grandfather said.

11:28 a.m. ET, November 9, 2021

Drake speaks out on "devastating" Astroworld tragedy

From CNN's Chloe Melas

Drake in Long Beach, California, on October 30, 2021.
Drake in Long Beach, California, on October 30, 2021. (Amy Sussman/Getty Images)

Drake is speaking out for the first time since the Astroworld Festival in Houston which resulted in the deaths of eight concertgoers. 

He took to Instagram and wrote, "I've spent the past few days trying to wrap my mind around this devastating tragedy. I hate resorting to this platform to express an emotion as delicate as grief but this is where I find myself," he wrote.

"My 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. May God be with you all."

Drake had performed at the festival on Friday, which over 50,000 fans attended.

Travis Scott, the music festival's founder, said on Monday that he will cover all funeral costs for the eight victims who died. Separately, organizers of Astroworld will provide a full refund to all ticket holders – both those who attended Friday and those who held tickets for Saturday's canceled events.

Several individuals who were injured at the event are still in the hospital, including a 9-year-old boy who is currently in a medically-induced coma, his family says.  

9:40 a.m. ET, November 9, 2021

A 9-year-old injured at Astroworld is in medically induced coma, his grandfather says

From CNN's Raja Razek 

A nine-year-old boy who was seriously injured at the Astroworld Festival on Friday night is in a medically induced coma in an attempt to combat his brain trauma, according to the boy's grandfather, Bernon Blount.  

Blount told CNN that his grandson, Ezra Blount, who was in town to see "his favorite artist," attended the concert with his father, Treston Blount. 

"When my son went to the concert, he had my grandson on his shoulder," Blount said. "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," he said.

Blount said that when his son came to, "they had already taken Ezra to the hospital as a John Doe. They did not know anything about him, his name or anything because he got separated from my son."

When the father regained consciousness, "instead of being seen or getting himself checked out, he went and tried to find Ezra and ended up finding him at the Texas Children's hospital," according to Blount. 

The nine-year-old child had cardiac arrest during the concert, according to the grandfather.

"During the event at the concert, he had cardiac arrest, which damaged his heart," he said. "He has damage to the liver, his lungs ... and on top of that, he has swelling on his brain," Blount said. CNN has not been able to independently confirm Ezra's medical status with the hospital. 

The family is "devastated, because this was supposed to be a father-son outing for them to bond and it has turned into something horrible and tragic," according to Blount.

"There needs to be accountability, not just from the artist or the event planners, but also from the city of Houston," Blount added.

Ezra Blount's parents have retained attorneys Ben Crump and Alex and Bob Hilliard, according to a news release by the attorney's office. 

10:05 a.m. ET, November 9, 2021

What we know about the victims of the Astroworld Fest tragedy

From CNN's Alanne Orjoux

From left: Jacob Jurinek, Franco Patino, Danish Baig
From left: Jacob Jurinek, Franco Patino, Danish Baig Handout

Here's what we know about the eight people who died at the Astroworld Festival in Houston on Friday night:

John Hilgert, 14

John was a freshman at Memorial High School in Houston, Spring Branch Independent School District spokesperson Terry Abbott told CNN.

Memorial High School Principal Lisa Weir sent a letter Saturday to parents at the school, informing them of the death.

"We are deeply saddened to inform you that a male ninth grade student died ... in an incident at the Astroworld Festival. 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," Weir's letter reads.

Brianna Rodriguez, 16

Brianna was a junior at Heights High School in Houston, according to a verified GoFundMe account established by her family.

"Dancing was her passion and now she's dancing her way to heaven's pearly gates," the fundraising post says.

Franco Patino, 21

Patino, a senior at the University of Dayton, was studying mechanical engineering technology and human movement biomechanics, according to a statement from the university.

He was a member of Alpha Psi Lambda, a Hispanic-interest fraternity, the statement said, and was originally from Naperville, Illinois.

"He was loved by so many because of the loyal, loving, selfless, protective, funny, and caring person he was," his family said in a statement. "Even though he was a hardworking individual, he would always try to make time for his family and the people he cared about. We will miss the big heart Franco had and his passion for helping others."

Danish Baig, 27

Baig, from Euless, Texas, died trying to save his fiancée, who was getting stomped on and hit in the crowd surge at the concert, his brother Basil Baig told CNN Sunday.

His family said he was an amazing person who loved with all his heart.

"People would admire him for who he was," Basil Baig told CNN.

Basil Baig said his brother's fiancée survived but is bruised all over her body and is traumatized.

Jacob Jurinek, 20

Jurinek was a junior studying journalism at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, the school said.

In the release, SIU Chancellor Austin Lane said Jurinek "was a creative, intelligent young man, with a promising career in journalism and advertising."

Rodolfo Peña, 23 

Peña lived in Laredo, Texas and studied at Laredo College, according to his Facebook page. 

His older brother Guadalupe Peña set up a verified GoFundMe account for funeral expenses.

"I am starting a go fund me for my youngest brother (Rodolfo Angel Peña)'s passing please donate out of heart anything is great," the online fundraising post reads.

Peña was 23, according to CNN affiliate KTRK, which spoke with his sister.

Axel Acosta Avila, 21

Acosta was a junior at Western Washington University and had an interest in computer science, according to the university. He was from Tieton, Washington.

His brother Joel Acosta told CNN that Axel had turned 21 in October.

The student was at the event alone, his aunt Cynthia Acosta told CNN affiliate KTRK. "It was his first time going to an event like that," she told the Houston station.

According to Joel Acosta, the family last heard from his brother around 5 p.m. on Friday. On Saturday, the Harris County Medical Examiner's Office released a description and asked the public for help identifying the remains.

Madison Dubiski, 23

Dubiski, who was from Cypress, Texas, was listed by the Harris County Medical Examiner's Office as one of the people who died.

Notes and photos of the victims from a crowd surge during the Astroworld music festival are seen at a makeshift memorial near the NRG Park on November 7, 2021 in Houston, Texas.
Notes and photos of the victims from a crowd surge during the Astroworld music festival are seen at a makeshift memorial near the NRG Park on November 7, 2021 in Houston, Texas. Alex Bierens de Haan/Getty Images

CNN's Keith Allen, Rosa Flores, Andy Rose, Caroll Alvarado and Melissa Alonso contributed to this report.