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Astroworld victims killed at festival start to be identified

Several of the eight people who were killed in Friday night’s stampede at Travis Scott’s Astroworld have been identified.

Danish Baig, 27, was killed when he tried to rescue a family member during the surge at the event, which was “managed poorly and supervised by such horrible people,” his brother wrote on Facebook Saturday.

“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,” Basil Baig posted.

He described his brother as a “beautiful soul” whose smile “would light up the room and put everyone before himself.

“Last night he showed his courageous act to save my sister in law from those horrendous things that were being done,” the grieving brother said.

Danish Baig (right) was killed at the Astroworld music festival during an attempt to save a family member’s life on Nov. 5, 2021.
Danish Baig (right) was killed at the Astroworld music festival during an attempt to save a family member’s life on Nov. 5, 2021.

Baig, who said he also attended the show, wrote that fans were “were hitting pushing and shoving” and were “provoked” by Scott, who continued with his performance amid the calamity.

University of Dayton student Franco Patino, 21, also lost his life at the concert, according to The Dayton Daily News.

Franco Patino attended the University of Dayton where he majored in mechanical engineering technology with a minor in human movement biomechanics.
Franco Patino attended the University of Dayton where he majored in mechanical engineering technology with a minor in human movement biomechanics.

The Illinois native was a member of Alpha Psi Lambda, a Hispanic interest fraternity, and he worked in an engineering co-op program, school officials reportedly said.

Houston area high school student John Hilgert, 14, was the youngest victim of the melee, according to The Houston Chronicle.

‘”John was a good student and athlete and so polite. He was the sweetest and smartest young man,” Tracy Faulkner, a friend’s mother who bought him his ticket, told the paper.

Houston high school student Brianna Rodriguez, 16, also perished in the disaster, according to People Magazine.

Brianna Rodriguez, 16, was described as a "vibrant" student with a passion for dancing.
Brianna Rodriguez, 16, was described as a “vibrant” student with a passion for dancing.

“Gone from our sites [sic], but never from our hearts,” her family wrote on Facebook.

“It is with profound sadness we lay to rest our beloved Brianna Rodriguez … Dancing was her passion and now she’s dancing her way to heaven’s pearly gates.”

Rudy Pena died at the Astrofest music festival. He was "always there for everyone," according to his sister.
Rudy Pena died at the Astrofest music festival. He was “always there for everyone,” according to his sister.

Rudy Peña, a Laredo man, was also among the victims, The Laredo Morning Times said.

“My brother was the sweetest person, friendly, outgoing, he had many friends because he was always there for everyone,” sister Jennifer Peña told the paper, which could not confirm Rudy’s age.

Police were working to identify other victims and notify their families Saturday as the investigation into the catastrophe continued.

Eight people were killed and hundreds were injured during the Astroworld Music Festival on No. 5, 2021.
Eight people were killed and hundreds were injured during the Astroworld Music Festival on No. 5, 2021.

Per: NYP

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