Eight People Killed at Travis Scott’s Astroworld Festival Identified

Rudy Peña, Brianna Rodriguez and John Hilgert | CREDIT: FACEBOOK (3)

Mayor Sylvester Turner confirmed at a news conference on Saturday that eight people died in a mass casualty event at Travis Scott‘s Astroworld Festival at NRG Park in Houston on Friday.

Turner said of the 25 people initially transported to the hospital, 13 remain hospitalized and five are under the age of 18.

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John Hilgert, 14, a ninth-grade student from Memorial High School in Houston was among the victims, according to KHOU 11.

“Our hearts go out to the student’s family and to his friends and our staff at Memorial. This is a terrible loss, and the entire MHS family is grieving today,” the school said in a letter to families in the district on Saturday obtained by the outlet.

On Saturday, the family of 16-year-old Brianna Rodriguez confirmed to PEOPLE that she was one of the eight victims who died during Scott’s performance.

According to her family’s Facebook post, Rodriguez was a junior in high school.

“Gone from our sites [sic], but never from our hearts,” wrote her family. “It is with profound sadness we lay to rest our beloved Brianna Rodriguez. She was a beautiful vibrant 16-year-old high school junior at Heights HS in Houston TX. Dancing was her passion and now she’s dancing her way to heaven’s pearly gates.”

Rudy Peña, a 23-year-old medical assistant and criminal justice major of Laredo, Texas, also died.

A day after the tragedy, Peña’s brother-in-law Sergio Gonzalez told PEOPLE (translated to English) their family wants answers and justice after losing his wife’s little brother.

“We learned in the worst way. We found out around 12:30 last night from a friend of Rudy that was with him that he had just passed out,” Gonzalez explained. “It wasn’t until this afternoon that we found out he had died.”

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SOURCE: PEOPLE, Abigail Adams, Tomás Mier and Wendy Grossman Kantor

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