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Houstonians process the Astroworld Festival tragedy

We share latest news and firsthand accounts of the tragedy at the Astroworld Festival.

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Mourners stand outside a makeshift memorial at NRG Park, where on Friday eight people were killed when the crowd at the Astroworld Festival rushed toward the stage for rapper Travis Scott’s set.


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It's heartbreaking.

A night that was supposed to be fun – at one of the biggest festivals since COVID – led to crowd surges that left eight dead, including a 14-year-old and a 16-year-old.

Many more were hospitalized.

Travis Scott's Astroworld Festival now joins the list as one of the deadliest concerts in the US.

Today, as Houstonians process the tragedy, we also have a lot questions.

How could this happen? Could it have been prevented? Who's responsible? And how do we support victims?

We'll have those conversations today with a longtime Houston music writer, who attended the Astroworld Festival, and we'll hear firsthand accounts from others who were there.


Congressman Al Green

  • U.S. Representative (TX-09)

Joey Guerra

Sean Roberts:

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Catherine Lu

Catherine Lu

Senior Content Producer & Announcer

While growing up in Chicago and Houston, Catherine’s love for art, music and creative writing was influenced by her teachers and parents. She was once concertmaster of the Clear Lake High School Orchestra and a four-time violinist of the Texas All-State Symphony. A graduate of the University of Chicago, Catherine...

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