All 8 victims in the Astroworld Festival tragedy identified

At least 8 killed, 13 hospitalized after thousands of fans rush stage at Travis Scott’s Astroworld Festival

HOUSTON, TX - NOVEMBER 06: Flowers s are seen outside of the canceled Astroworld festival at NRG Park on November 6, 2021 in Houston, Texas. According to authorities, eight people died and 17 people were transported to local hospitals after what they describe as a crowd surge at the Astroworld festival, a music festival started by Houston-native rapper and musician Travis Scott in 2018. (Photo by Alex Bierens de Haan/Getty Images) (Alex Bierens de Haan, 2021 Getty Images)

HOUSTON – What was supposed to be a fun and exciting two-day music festival in Houston quickly turned deadly after thousands of fans rushed the stage, resulting in at least eight deaths and 13 hospitalizations.

As of Monday, authorities are still working to piece together what exactly led to the fan fatalities during rapper Travis Scott’s Astroworld Festival at the NRG Park Friday night. The festival drew a crowd of over 50,000 attendees.

Those who died at the festival ranged in age from 14 to 27, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said during a press conference on Saturday. On Monday, Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo named all eight of the victims.

Here are the names that have been shared so far:

  • John Hilgert, 14 and a freshman at Memorial High School in Houston, died following the festival. He was the youngest victim, according to a report from USA Today. Memorial HS Principal Lisa WeirDear notified parents and students of Hilgert’s death in a letter on Saturday. You can read the context of the school’s letter here.
  • Brianna Rodriguez, 16 and a junior who attended Heights High School in Houston, died following the festival. According to KSAT’s sister station KPRC, the school’s band program confirmed her death Saturday evening on social media. The school announced that it will have grief counselors on campus all week to aid students during their grieving process.
  • Franco Patino, a University of Dayton student from Naperville, Ill., died following the festival, according to KSAT’s sister station KPRC. The university issued a letter on Patino’s death to all students and staff. You can read the letter here.
  • Rodolfo Angel Peña, 23, from Laredo, died following the festival, according to a report from USA Today. Peña was striving to be a model and psychology student. He and some friends made their trek to Houston for the music festival before he died from cardiac arrest, his family confirmed to USA Today.
  • Danish Baig, 27, from Houston, died following the festival, according to USA Today. Baig died after he tried to rescue his fiancee during the crowd surge, reports say. His fiancee is “bruised and traumatized,” USA Today reports. Baig’s funeral was planned for Sunday.
  • Axel Acosta, from Washington state, died following the festival, according to KPRC. His father, Edgar Acosta, identified him after he saw a photo from the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences. Axel had gone to Astroworld with a group of friends. At last check, medical examiners are still working to confirm the body of Axel, per KPRC.
  • Jacob “Jake” Jurinek, 20 and a junior at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, died following the festival, according to KPRC. Jurinek went to Astroworld with one of his friends. His family says he died just two weeks before his 21st birthday, per KPRC.
  • Madison Dubisky, 23, from Cypress, died after she got separated from her brother at the concert, the Houston Chronicle reported. She attended Cy-Fair High School, where she was a cheerleader and member of the National Charity League. She also attended the University of Mississippi and worked in advertising.

The investigation into the incident is still ongoing, and we’ll bring more updates to this article as they become available.

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About the Author:

Cody King is a digital journalist for KSAT 12. She previously worked for WICS/WRSP 20 in Springfield, Illinois.