Astroworld Festival victims were teens, students and at least one aspiring model
Written by B87FM on November 6, 2021
HOUSTON – Rodolfo Angel Peña, 23, was an aspiring mannequin and psychology pupil from Laredo, Texas, who dreamed of at some point turning into a U.S. Border Patrol agent or seeing the place his attraction and beauty would take him.
On Friday, he and a few associates drove the 5 hours from Laredo to Houston to blow off steam on the Travis Scott show at the Astroworld Festival. By Saturday afternoon, his household was making funeral preparations for him.
Peña was one among eight individuals who died Friday evening when 1000’s of concertgoers rushed to the stage to see Scott, overwhelming safety and making a chaotic nightmare.
His older brother, Guadalupe Peña, mentioned authorities advised the household solely that his brother died of cardiac arrest whereas on the present.
“He’s an actual sturdy particular person,” he advised USA TODAY. “I do know he would have gotten out of it. It appears actual sketchy the way it occurred.”
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner on Saturday mentioned 25 folks had been transported to the hospital, and 13 are nonetheless hospitalized. A 10-year-old is in important situation, officers mentioned. There have been scores of different accidents. At the least 11, like Peña, suffered cardiac arrest.
The victims who died ranged in age from 14 to 27, Turner mentioned. One particular person’s age was unknown. Turner didn’t determine those that had been killed within the incident, and mentioned members of the family of six of the eight have been notified. Autopsies can be carried out earlier than the victims are launched to their households, Harris County Decide Lina Hidalgo mentioned.
Guadalupe Peña shared particulars of his brother’s life within the foyer of a Houston resort Saturday, as his mom paced close by, wailing sometimes.
“The one who’s struggling probably the most is his mother,” he mentioned.
The youngest of 5 siblings, Rodolfo Angel Peña was a star vast receiver at Nixon Excessive Faculty in Laredo and was in his final 12 months at Laredo School, he mentioned. He was taking psychology programs, hoping to attain a well-paying job with Border Patrol or with U.S. Customs and Border Safety. He additionally labored as a chiropractic therapist.
He was well-known and beloved all through Laredo, mentioned Eduardo Peña, his different brother. “Everybody knew him,” he mentioned.
Rodolfo Angel Peña beloved dancing and was into trend, Guadalupe Peña mentioned. And he beloved music. He attended the final Astroworld Pageant in 2019, however this was his first Travis Scott concert, he mentioned.
The household was planning a funeral for him in Laredo. They nonetheless had lots of questions on how his brother died, Guadalupe Peña mentioned.
“He got here up yesterday for the live performance,” he mentioned. “Subsequent factor we all know, he is gone.”
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