Family of Astroworld victim, 16, say she’d ‘be alive’ if concert stopped earlier

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The family of a teenage girl who died at Travis Scott’s Astroworld concert on Friday evening said she would still be alive if the rapper’s team had stopped the concert earlier.

Brianna Rodriguez, 16, was one of eight people who died at the concert in Houston, Texas, USA after there was a crush at the festival.

The 16-year-old was found unresponsive after losing her friends in the crowd stampede and died on the way to the hospital, her family said.

Her aunt, Iris Rodriguez, 38, told The Sun: "I really believe in my heart this should have been shut down in the afternoon when they saw all these people going crazy. Had they done that, maybe she would have still been here."

Iris said she doesn't want to directly blame Scott for her niece's death.

She said: "He's a father, you know. I would never want anything like this to happen to his babies. I don't know if it's about the money, or he didn't know what was going on.

"I just want to say to Travis that Brianna loved him and that I'm sad his team weren't able to keep these kids safe. And because of that, we no longer have our shining star."

She added that her family have yet to hear from the rapper’s team, however, despite him posting an Instagram video, saying he "could never imagine the severity of the situation".

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Iris continued: "It's tragic for all of the victims. These young people went there to have a good time. They did not expect to wake up that morning and never go home again.

"My heart goes out to everybody. We understand, we pray for them. All we have now is memories keeping her alive in our hearts."

The 38-year-old explained how her niece was a massive Travis Scott fan who hadn’t been able to go to the last Astroworld and was “so excited” for this one.

She said: "For her quinceañera, I actually reached out to him saying, 'Hey, my niece is turning 15. If you can just maybe do like a 10-second video saying happy birthday, Brianna'. So we could play it for her as a surprise.

"Of course we never got a reply back, but that's how much of a fan she was. So for her to go to this concert and lose her life, it's just tragic."

Iris and her family are still unsure about what caused young Brianna’s death, saying that they’re still waiting for autopsy results.

Scott, real name Jacques Bermon Webster II, is reportedly facing numerous lawsuits following the tragedy.

According to Billboard, a festival attendee, Manuel Souza, filed a petition against the rapper, organizer ScoreMore and concert company Live Nation.

The lawsuit alleges that Scott and his producing partners placed emphasis on "a motivation for profit at the expense of concertgoers' health and safety".

Steve Kherkher, the plaintiff's attorney, wrote: "Defendants failed to properly plan and conduct the concert in a safe manner.

"Instead, they consciously ignored the extreme risks of harm to concertgoers, and, in some cases actively encouraged and fomented dangerous behaviours."

Alongside Drake, Scott has also been accused of "inciting mayhem" during the Friday night incident.

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