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Travis Scott’s Offer To Cover Astroworld Victims' Funeral Expenses Rejected By More Families

Jess Hardiman

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Travis Scott’s Offer To Cover Astroworld Victims' Funeral Expenses Rejected By More Families

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After the family of nine-year-old Astroworld victim Ezra Blunt refused Travis Scott's offer to pay for his funeral expenses, a further four families have also declined.

According to Rolling Stone, the attorneys for the families of friends Jacob Jurinek and Franco Patino, both 21, Axel Acosta, also 21, and 14-year-old John Hilgert have come forward to say they have rejected Scott's offer to pay for the funerals.

Speaking on behalf of Hilgert's family, Richard Mithoff told the outlet: "It was not an offer [the Hilgerts] were going to seriously consider.

"Of all the things this case is about, that's the least of any concern. This family is set on making change and ensuring this never happens at a concert again.

"I find offering to pay for funerals frankly demeaning and really inappropriate to the magnitude of the tragedy that unfolded."

John Hilgert, 14, died in the Astroworld tragedy. Credit: Family handout
John Hilgert, 14, died in the Astroworld tragedy. Credit: Family handout

Philip Corboy, who is the attorney for Jurinek and Patino's families, said they felt Scott's offer of covering the expenses was merely his way of 'trying to lessen the public outcry of his case'.

Corboy said: "If he's trying to impress upon the families that he's sincere and has concern for them and realize that funerals can be expensive, what Scott's team did is not the way to do it.

"You don't get a piece of paper in the mail from a lawyer in Beverly Hills who says he represents Travis Scott. These families are raw right now; that lacks any personal touch."

Jacob Jurinek and Franco Patiño, both 21, were killed at Astroworld. Credit: Cesar Patiño
Jacob Jurinek and Franco Patiño, both 21, were killed at Astroworld. Credit: Cesar Patiño

On behalf of Acosta's family, Tony Buzbee said he believes the gesture was disingenuous.

"It's bulls***," Buzbee said.

"If you gave a shit about these families, you wouldn't have to put out a press release for everyone to see saying he's willing to pay for a funeral."

Alex Acosta, 21, was another victim in the Astroworld tragedy. Credit: Family handout
Alex Acosta, 21, was another victim in the Astroworld tragedy. Credit: Family handout

The victims were tragically killed at the Astroworld festival in Houston while Scott was performing on stage.

The family of the youngest victim, nine-year-old Ezra Blunt, have also declined the star's offer to pay for the cost of his funeral.

In a letter seen by Rolling Stone that was written by the family lawyer of Blount, Bob Hilliard, his family said: "Your client's offer is declined.

"I have no doubt Mr. Scott feels remorse.

"His journey ahead will be painful. He must face and hopefully see that he bears some of the responsibility for this tragedy."

Ezra Blount. Credit: Blount Family
Ezra Blount. Credit: Blount Family

The offer had originally been sent to Hilliard and his co-counsel Ben Crump through Scott's own lawyer Daniel Petrocelli.

In that letter, Petrocelli wrote: "Travis is devastated by the tragedy that occurred at the Astroworld Festival and grieves for the families whose loved ones died or were injured.

"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, Travis would like to pay for the funeral expenses for Mr. Blount's son."

Ezra was laid to rest at a funeral service in Texas the day before on 23 November.

LADbible has contacted Scott's lawyer Daniel Petrocelli for a comment.

Topics: Astroworld, News, travis scott, US News

Jess Hardiman
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