Among the dead victims at Travis Scott’s Astroworld Festival, in Houston on Nov. 5, there was a young man who sacrificed himself to protect a loved one from being trampled in the deadly chaos.
Danish Baig, 27, an avid Dallas Cowboy fan and originally from Texas, was killed after trying to save his fiancée during the stampede at the concert.
According to the New York Post, Baig used himself as a shield to protect the girl from the deadly surge at the festival in Houston on Friday, Nov. 5.
Basil Baig confirmed his brother’s death, criticizing the event organizers for their poorly management.
“My brother was killed in this horrendous Astroworld event that was managed poorly and supervised by such horrible people,” Basil wrote on Facebook, the Daily Mail reported.
“My brother tried to save my sister-in-law from these horrendous acts that were being done to her in the process he lost his life,” he added.
Basil commended his late brother for his “beautiful soul whos[e] smile would light up the room and put everyone before himself.”
“Last night he showed his courageous act to save my sister-in-law from those horrendous things that were being done,” Basil wrote. “’I was there and I wasn’t able to save my brother.”
Basil reported that the crowd at the festival were “hitting,” “pushing” and “shoving” and “did not care for anyone’s life.”
According to the Daily Mail, the incident occurred on Friday when about 50,000 people attended the sold-out Astroworld Festival at NRG Park. The chaos broke out after Scott, an American rapper and record producer, took the stage to perform.
The “mass casualty incident” took place at 9:15 p.m. as the crowd at the music festival surged toward the stage during Scott’s performance, knocking other concertgoers over and squeezing them together so tightly that they could not breathe or move their arms.
The concert producer Live Nation decided to halt the tragic show at 10:10 p.m.
The crowd surge left eight deaths, aged from 14 to 27, including Danish Baig.
Franco Patino, 21, is another victim. The senior at the University of Dayton traveled from Ohio to Houston to attend the concert with his best friend for his friend’s birthday.
John Hilgret, 14, of Hunters Creek Village, was the youngest person to die at the concert. Memorial High School, where he was a freshman student, confirmed his death on Saturday. Hilgret attended the concert with his long-time friend, Robby Hendrix.
Two other victims are Brianna Rodriguez, 16, and Rodolfo ‘Rudy’ Peña, 23. Rodriguez was a dancer and a junior in high school, and Pena was an aspiring model and had dreams of becoming a U.S. Border Patrol agent.
A “key person” connected to Astroworld said that the tragic event was actually the result of a “targeted attack” after “someone in the crowd went crazy and began injecting people with some sort of drug, which caused panic and then a surge,” but Houston’s fire chief said the tragedy was likely caused by a crush.
Even after the surge, Scott continued to perform and completed his 75-minute performance. At one point, Scott halted the performance and called for security to help distressed fans in the front row. Some videos from the night showed distraught fans begging concert staff to halt the performance and help people escape the surge.
Scott, 29, took to Instagram on Saturday to say that he was “devastated.”
“My fans really mean the world to me and I always want to leave them with a positive experience,” Scott said. “Anytime I can make out anything that’s going on, ya know, I stop the show and you know, help them get the help they need. I could just never imagine the severity of the situation.”
“To the ones that was lost last night, we’re working right now to ID the families so we can help assist them through this tough time,” the rapper said. “I’m honestly just devastated… I could never imagine anything like this just happening.”
Scott said that he is working closely with local authorities and promised to keep his followers informed about the investigation about the deadly incident.
Basil Baig accused the superstar rapper of provoking the crowd and making them “do just that [stampede] and more he called people to the stage to jump into the crowd and did not stop the show.”
Basil said this was not the end for his family and promised to bring Scott to justice.