Teenage dancer, engineering student among those killed at Travis Scott’s concert

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A teenager who loved to dance. An aspiring border police officer. An engineering student working on a medical device to help a sick mother. And his friend and high school football teammate.

Clearer images of some of the eight dead people began to emerge on Sunday after fans at the Astroworld music festival in Houston suddenly took to the stage during a performance by rapper Travis Scott.

Authorities said Sunday they would not release the names of the dead, but family and friends shared their loved ones’ accounts with reporters and via social media.

Mary Benton, spokesperson for Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner’s office, said the identities are expected to be made public on Monday.

The dead were aged 14 to 27, according to Houston officials. As of Sunday, 13 people have remained hospitalized.

Letters, candles and flowers were seen at the memorial for the victims in Houston on Sunday. (Alex Bierens de Haan / Getty Images)

City officials said they were in the early stages of investigating what caused the pandemonium during the sell-out event founded by Scott. There were about 50,000 people.

Experts who have studied the deaths caused by crowd waves say they are often the result of density – too many people crammed into a small space. Crowds often run away from a perceived threat or to something, like an artist, before hitting a barrier.

Aspiring frontier agent

Rudy Pena, from Laredo, Texas, was a student at Laredo College and wanted to become a border police officer, his friend Stacey Sarmiento said. He described him as a human person.

“Rudy was a dear friend of mine,” he said. “We met in high school. He was an athlete. He brought happiness wherever he went. It was easy to get along with. It was like he had positive vibes at all times.

“We all came to have fun, it was just awful in there,” he said.

Stacey Sarmiento shows a photo of herself posing with her friend Rudy Pena, who died in a crush of people at the Astroworld music festival in Houston. (Robert Bumsted / Associated Press)

“He loved his mother”

Franco Patino, 21, was working towards a degree in mechanical engineering technology from the University of Dayton, with a major in human motion biomechanics, his father, Julio Patino, said in an interview. He was a member of Alpha Psi Lambda, a Hispanic fraternity and the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, and worked in a cooperative engineering program.

Patino, of Naperville, Illinois, described his son as a charismatic and energetic leader, active in his community and intent on helping people with disabilities.

She said her son was working with a team on a new medical device and he wanted to find a way to help his mother walk again after she was seriously injured in a car accident in Mexico two years ago.

Franco Patino, 21, was working towards a degree in mechanical engineering technology from the University of Dayton, with a major in human motion biomechanics, his father, Julio Patino, said in an interview. (Alex Bierens de Haan / Getty Images)

Through tears, Patino described how his son – who enjoyed weightlifting, football and rugby – used his strength to break a door and free his mother from the rubble.

“He loved his mother,” Patino said. “He said all he was doing was trying to help his mother. The whole goal.”

The father was in London on business when the phone rang around 3am. He answered and heard his wife, Teresita, cry. She said someone had called from a hospital to talk about Franco and that a doctor would call her soon. About 30 minutes, he called back with the doctor online.

“The doctor was giving us the news that our son was dead,” Patino said.

Patino said he last spoke to his son at around 2pm on Friday. Franco told his father that there weren’t many people at the festival yet.

“Don’t worry, I’m fine,” Patino recalled her son said. “I just said, ‘OK, just be careful.'”

“Huge hole in our lives”

Jacob “Jake” Jurinek, 20, was a junior at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, where he was “pursuing his passion for art and media,” his family said in a statement Sunday. It was just over two weeks away from his 21st birthday.

He was attending the concert with Patino, his friend and former high school football teammate, according to Patino’s father. He was deeply committed to his family and was known as “Big Jake” by his younger cousins.

He will be missed by his father, Ron Jurinek, with whom Jake became particularly close following the death of Jake’s mother in 2011.

Candles with the names of the victims written on them were placed at a memorial in Houston on Sunday. (Alex Bierens de Haan / Getty Images)

“Over the next decade, Jake and Ron were inseparable: they attended White Sox and Blackhawks games, shared their love of professional wrestling, and spent weekends with extended family and friends at Jake’s favorite place, the cottage. family in southwestern Michigan, “the family statement said.

“We are all devastated and we are left with a huge hole in our lives,” his father added in an e-mailed statement.

‘Man who works hard’

Dane Baig, who identified himself on Facebook as AT&T district manager and appeared to be a devoted Dallas Cowboys fan, was among those who died at the concert, his brother Basil Baig said on Facebook.

“He was (a) innocent young soul who would always put others before himself. He was a hard working man who loved his family and took care of us. He was there in a heartbeat for anything. He always had a solution to everything, “Basil Baig told ABC News.

A funeral for the Dane Baig is expected to be held Sunday in Colleyville in the Dallas-Forth Worth area, his brother said. Messages left with Basil Baig were not returned.

Dane Baig, who identified himself on Facebook as AT&T district manager and appeared to be a devoted Dallas Cowboys fan, was among those who died at the concert, his brother Basil Baig said on Facebook. (Alex Bierens de Haan / Getty Images)

I liked to dance

Brianna Rodriguez’s family told People magazine they were among those who died at the concert. She was 16, a student at Heights High School and loved to dance, according to the family the magazine spoke to. A message left to the family was not immediately answered.

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