Grieving family and friends of 27-year-old Danish Baig hailed him as a hero as they laid the Texas resident to rest, just two days after he was killed while attending rap star Travis Scott’s Astroworld music festival.
Basil Mirza Baig, Danish’s younger brother, vowed to seek justice as he remembered his brother, who he said died trying to protect his fiance from the crush of the crowd.
“We lost our brother. We’re grieving for all the families that lost their loved ones in this horrendous event. People that were in, it took part in this event. Travis Scott’s team, NRG (Park) team, everybody who was associated with this should be held accountable for the lives that were lost today and day of. We’re grieving. We’re in pain. We want you guys to know our brother was the most amazing person ever to us,” he said, sobbing.
At least two investigations and one civil lawsuit were underway into the deadly stampede that killed at least eight people and injured dozens in Houston.
The dead ranged in age from 14 to 27, with one victim’s age to be determined, according to Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner.
Two of the victims were teenagers, aged 14 and 16, caught in the crushing surge of the crowd as Scott continued to perform, completing his set even after noticing fans were receiving medical treatment. Scott, the headline act and a hometown star who founded the Astroworld festival in 2018, later said he was unaware of the severity of the situation.
Houston city police chief Troy Finner said his department had opened a criminal investigation by homicide and narcotics detectives, following reports that somebody in the audience had been injecting people with drugs.
Approximately 50,000 people attended the rap festival.
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