Ezra Blount’s Family Refuses Travis Scott’s Offer To Pay Funeral Costs
The family of 9-year-old Ezra Blount, Astroworld’s tragedy victim, has refused Travis Scotts’ offer to cover his funeral expenses.
Responding to Scott’s letter expressing remorse over Ezra’s death and an offer to cover the boy’s funeral expenses, the Blount family lawyer Bob Hilliard wrote: “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.”
During Scott’s performance at the November 5th Astroworld festival held in Houston, a massive crowd surge left ten people dead and a lot more injured. Over 500,000 people had attended the event hosted at the former Houston Six Flags park site, catching event organisers off-guard and leaving emergency medical responders overwhelmed.
Rolling Stone reports that last Wednesday, a day after Ezra Blount was laid to rest by his family, Scott’s lawyer Daniel Petrocelli sent the letter to Mr Hilliard and his co-counsel Ben Crump.
“Travis is devastated by the tragedy that occurred at the Astroworld Festival and grieves for the families whose loved ones died or were injured,” Mr Petrocelli’s letter read. “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.”
Mr Petrocelli had represented Fred Goldman in the wrongful death trial that found OJ Simpson civilly liable for the deaths of Ron Goldman and Nicole Brown Simpson. The high-profile lawyer also represented former US President Donald Trump and his Trump University, which stopped function in 2010 after getting into scandal.
The advocate also claimed that the acceptance of his client’s offer would have no bearing on the lawsuit filed by Ezra’s father, Treston Blount, against Scott and others.
Responding, the Blount family said losing Ezra was like “a faucet of unimaginable pain that has no off handle.”
“To lose a child in the manner Treston lost Ezra compounds the pain,” Mr Billiard said, adding: “As a parent, Treston cannot help but agonise over the terrible idea that Ezra’s last minutes were filled with terror, suffering, suffocation and worst of all, surrounded by strangers, his dad unconscious underneath the uncontrolled crowd.”