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Youngest Astroworld Victim's Family Rejects Travis Scott Offer To Pay For Funeral
Lawyers representing Ezra Blount's family refused Travis Scott's offer and encouraged him to think about his culpability.
The family of the youngest Astroworld victim is not interested in helping rapper Travis Scott process his feelings about the tragedy.
Scott, via his Los Angeles-based lawyer Daniel Petrocelli, sent a letter on the day before Thanksgiving to the lawyers representing the surviving family members of 9-year-old Ezra Blount, according to Rolling Stone.
Ezra Blount was mortally injured during the stampede at Scott's Astroworld music festival on Nov. 5 when his father, Treston Blount, was suffocated during the crowd surge and lost consciousness, apparently dropping the boy from his shoulders. Initially taken to the hospital as a John Doe, Ezra Blount was placed in a medically induced coma in the wake of the event but succumbed to his injuries on Nov. 14.
His family laid his body to rest on Tuesday, according to Dallas ABC affiliate WFAA — the day before the family's lawyers received the letter from Scott's representatives. A GoFundMe started by the family to cover the boy's medical expenses before his death had raised more than $110,000 toward his care.
"Travis is devastated by the tragedy that occurred at the Astroworld Festival and grieves for the families whose loved ones died or were injured," Scott's lawyer wrote. "Travis is committed to doing his part to help the families who have suffered and begin the long process of healing in the Houston community."
"Toward that end," he added, "Travis would like to pay for the funeral expenses for Mr. Blount’s son."
Petrocelli also included a note that acceptance of the funeral funds would "have no effect" on the family's lawsuit against the rapper.
The Blount family filed a lawsuit against Scott, his record company, Cactus Jack Records, and employees of the promoter, Live Nation, and the facility, NRG Park, on Nov. 9.
Ezra Blount's parents did not take Scott up on his offer, asking him to "respect" that his "devastation" pales in comparison to the family's pain.
"I have no doubt Mr. Scott feels remorse," their lawyer, Bob Hilliard, wrote in response. "His journey ahead will be painful. He must face and hopefully see that he bears some of the responsibility for this tragedy."
"There may be, and I hope there is, redemption and growth for him on the other side of what this painful process will be," the lawyer added.
Hilliard also told Rolling Stone that Scott's camp had offered to meet with the Blount family in person, which the family had also rejected for the time being.
"We were pretty firm: With all due respect, no," Hilliard told the magazine. "This isn’t a photo-op story here. This is a ‘who’s responsible and why’ type of investigation."
"And he’s on the short list," he added.
The outreach about the meeting was also referenced in the letter from the Blounts' lawyers to Scott's lawyers.
"And perhaps one day, once time allows some healing for the victims and acceptance of responsibility by Mr. Scott and others," it read, "Treston and Mr. Scott might meet, as there is also healing in that."
The family is also represented by civil rights lawyer Ben Crump.