Authorities have confirmed Southern Illinois University junior, 20-year-old Jacob Jurinek as one of the victims who lost their lives in the Astroworld tragedy on Friday.
A statement by his family reads; “Jake was beloved by his family and by his seemingly countless number of friends for his contagious enthusiasm, his boundless energy, and his unwavering positive attitude. He was an avid fan of music, an artist, a son, a best friend to many.”
The ages of the victims ranged from 14 through 27, while information about the eighth victim is unknown at the time.
The tragic incident happened at NRG Park, around 9 p.m. on Friday in a stampede when fans surged toward the stage during the Grammy-nominated singer and producer, Travis Scott’s Astroworld music festival in Houston.
14-year-old Spring Branch ISD student, John Hilgert was the youngest amongst the victims in the tragic incident.
“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. Please keep the student’s family in your thoughts and prayers as they face this tragedy. We will make counselors available to students next week to offer any help and support needed.” – Spring Branch ISD
Among the identified victims are; 27-year-old Danish Baig who was trampled while saving a relative.
“My brother was killed in this horrendous astroworld event that was managed poorly and supervised by such horrible people. People were trampled, walked, and stomped on. 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 Mirza Baig
21-year-old University of Dayton, Ohio senior, Franco Patino, 16-year-old Brianna Rodriguez, 23-year-old Rodolfo ‘Rudy’ Peña and 21-year-old Western Washington University student, Axel Acosta.
“Gone from our sites, but never from our hearts. It is with profound sadness we lay to rest our beloved Brianna Rodriguez. She was a beautiful vibrant 16-year-old high school junior at Heights HS in Houston TX. Dancing was her passion and now she’s dancing her way to heaven’s pearly gates.” – Iris Rodriguez
According to City Police Chief, Troy Finner, the department has opened a criminal investigation by homicide and narcotics detectives.