Recently the family of 9-year-old Astroworld victim Ezra Blount rejected Travis Scott’s offer to pay for the child’s funeral expenses was all over the news. Four more families have now come forward to deny the request as well.
According to Rolling Stone, the attorneys for the families of 21-year-old friends Jacob Jurinek and Franco Patino, 21-year-old Axel Acosta, and 14-year-old John Hilgert have all come forward to say that their clients have rejected Scott’s offer.
“It was not an offer we were going to seriously consider,” Richard Mithoff told on behalf of John Hilgert’s family. “Of all the things this case is about, that’s the least of any concern.” added the Hilgert’s.
The Hilgert’s are set on making change and ensuring this never happens at a concert again. “I find offering to pay for funerals frankly demeaning and inappropriate to the magnitude of the tragedy that unfolded.” added Mithoff on behalf of the Hilgert’s.
The families of the victim’s believe that the offer of covering the funeral expenses was merely the artist’s attempt to lessen the public outcry in his case. Philip Corboy, the attorney of a victim said that the mail sent by Travis’s legal team lacks any personal touch. Tony Buzbee, who represents the family of 21-year-old Axel Acosta, outright said that he believed the gesture to be disingenuous and fodder for a positive press release.
Travis Scott, Drake, Live Nation, and several other festival organizers are facing a $2 billion lawsuit on behalf of 282 victims who were physically or mentally impacted by the tragedy. We hope such a horrific incident never happens again.