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Odense, Denmark. June 24, 2017. The American rapper and lyricist Travis Scott performs with a live concert during the Danish music festival Tinderbox 2017 in Odense. (Photo credit: Gonzales Photo – Lasse Lagoni).
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Rapper Travis Scott’s offer to cover the funeral expenses of the nine-year-old victim of his Astroworld Festival audience has been rejected by the boy’s family.
Ezra Blount was one of 10 people who lost their lives in the tragedy earlier this month, and Scott offered to cover the family’s funeral expenses, but his generosity has been denied by attorney Bob Hilliard in a letter received by Rolling Stone. to the rap star’s legal representative, Daniel Petrocelli.
“Your customer’s offer has been rejected,” it reads. “I have no doubt that Mr. Scott feels remorse. His journey forward will be painful. He must look into his eyes and hopefully see that he bears some of the responsibility for this tragedy.”
Blount was laid to rest in Texas on November 24.
“Travis is devastated by the tragedy that took place at the Astroworld Festival and mourns the families whose loved ones died or were injured,” read Petrocelli’s letter. “Travis is committed to doing its part to help the families who have suffered and begin the long process of healing in the Houston community. In that regard, Travis would like to pay for the funeral expenses for Mr. Blount’s son.”
In his response, Hilliard insisted that Scott “must respect” that his own “destruction” is nothing compared to Ezra’s family.
“There may be, and I hope there is, redemption and growth for him on the other side of what this painful process will be – and perhaps a day when time allows for some healing for the victims and acceptance of responsibility by Mr. Scott and others, (Ezra’s father) Treston and Mr. Scott can meet, as there is also healing in it, “the lawyer wrote.
“Losing a child in the way that Treston lost Ezra intensifies the pain. As a parent, Treston can not help but torment himself at the terrible idea that Ezra’s last minutes were filled with terror, suffering, suffocation and worst of all surrounded. of strangers, his father. unconscious under the uncontrolled crowd. “
Hilliard also told Rolling Stone that Scott’s camp previously tried to arrange a personal meeting between the rap star and Ezra’s family members.
“We were pretty solid,” Hillard said. “With all due respect, no. This is not a photo op story here. This is a ‘who’s responsible and why’ type of investigation. And he (Scott) is on the short list.”
The tragic Ezra was found dead at the festival site in Houston, Texas, after he and his father were caught in the crowd.
Treston Blount reportedly fainted.
“We do not really know what happened to Ezra after that,” said the boy’s grandmother, Tericia Blount.
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