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Astroworld left behind trauma and grief for attendees and beyond

Psychological, medical, and legal experts share their thoughts on the depth of the injuries sustained by festival-goers and their friends and families.

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Two people who knew an unidentified victim of a fatal incident at the Houston Astroworld concert embrace at a memorial on Sunday, November 7, 2021.


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Houston continues to heal from the events of last Friday's Astroworld Festival.

Trauma comes in many forms. The full extent of their damage may yet to be fully revealed by the attendees, families, and the city.

Attorneys Tony Buzzbee and Sean Roberts discuss their client’s injuries who claim they have been harmed by AstroWorld, including loss of life.

A trauma surgeon shares her experience on the psychical and medical impact crowd surges and mass trauma events can have on the body.

Plus, a psychologist discusses the survivors’ guilt and trauma that may impact those who may not have been physically the event, such as Dennis who shared his story of friends who were in the crush, including one he sold his own ticket to the event.

If you or a loved one are looking for mental health support, please contact:

National Alliance of Mental Illness

  • 1-800-662-Help
  • TEXT “HOME” to 741-741 or “AYUDA” to 741-741 for Spanish


Tony Buzbee

Sean Roberts:

Dr. Jeff Temple

  • Psychologist at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston
  • Director of the Center for Violence Prevention

Dr. Michelle McNutt

  • Associate Professor of Surgery at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth Houston
  • Trauma surgeon and Trauma Medical Director with Memorial Hermann Hospital Texas Medical Center

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