NAPERVILLE, Ill. (AP) – The family of two close Chicago suburban friends who were killed at the Astroworld concert in Houston this month have filed wrongful death lawsuits against rapper Travis Scott, the entertainment company Live Nation and others.
The lawsuits brought by the Naperville families of Jacob “Jake” Jurinek, 20, and Franco Patino, 21, are part of a flood of dozens of lawsuits against Scott and the companies behind the Nov. 5 event. in which 10 people were killed and hundreds injured when a wave of crowds pushed spectators forward, crushing and trampling many of them.
As with many other lawsuits, this one blames The Companies and Scott, a concert organizer who was on stage when the murderous scene unfolded, for failing to take the most basic safety precautions.
“The defendants seriously failed in their duty to protect the health, safety and lives of those present at the concert, including, but not limited to, failure to provide adequate security personnel to implement measures crowd control, proper barricades and failure to provide a sufficient amount of emergency medical support, ”argues the lawsuits.
Patino and Jurinek were both students, Patino at the University of Dayton in Ohio and Jurinek at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. They had been football teammates at Neuqua Valley High School in Naperville.
Like relatives of the other victims, a partner at Chicago law firm Corboy & Demetrio, which filed the lawsuits this week in Harris County courts in Houston, said the families were trying to figure out something that didn’t had none.
“A healthy, strong 20 or 21 year old goes to a concert thinking he’s going to have fun, and they’re going to celebrate, in this case Jake’s 21st birthday,” Corboy said, according to The Sun. from Naperville. “Nobody expects to go to something as happy and joyful as a concert where they end up dying. Nobody expects when they pay those high prices for those concert tickets that they have to worry about it. kind of stuff. “