Criminal investigation underway in deadly Astroworld Festival incident

Criminal investigation underway in deadly Astroworld Festival incident

HOUSTON – A criminal investigation is underway after the tragedy at the Astroworld Festival that left eight people dead and hundreds injured.

Multiple lawsuits have been filed claiming Travis Scott and the other organizers put profits over safety.

Not only are the civil suits mounting in this case, but Harris County and the City of Houston are working together to piece together the deadly chain of events.

“We’re working to figure out which entity can do that investigation, because there’s so many different players,” Judge Lina Hidalgo said.

Accountability is now a major part of the focus.

Hidalgo, who attended a vigil near NRG Park Monday evening, said the deaths and the presence of drugs helped lead to the criminal investigation.

“There are eight promising young people who aren’t at home tonight with their friends and loved ones, and as a result of their untimely, tragic and probably preventable deaths, that situation is probably enough to initiate a criminal investigation to determine whether or not their deaths were something more than simple negligence,” KPRC 2 Legal Analyst Brian Wice said.

Judge Hidalgo added that what makes this investigation complex is that you have several agencies, including Harris County and the Houston Fire Department, who were present Friday night, as well as a private medical group, promoters, producers, and Scott himself, who will all be under the microscope in this investigation.

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