DALLAS – Ezra Solomon Blount, the youngest victim of the Astroworld Festival Tragedy, was laid to rest on Tuesday. The homegoing service was held at Inspiring Body of Christ Church in Dallas, Texas.
The 9-year-old died after being trampled in the Nov. 5 concert, which turned into chaos, when headliner Travis Scott took the stage.
Ezra was riding atop his father’s shoulders when the two were caught up in a crowd surge. His father Treston Blount, like so many other concertgoers, found himself unable to breathe and passed out. When he came to, Ezra was nowhere to be found.
The family later located Ezra at a hospital, where he remained in a coma until his death. Nine other attendees also lost their lives.
A video montage of young Ezra was shown while Tamela Mann’s “Take Me to the King” song played in the background as mourners viewed his body.
The video showed images of a vibrant child doing what kids normally do, playing with friends, hugging and kissing his loved ones, enjoying outings at parks and birthday parties, etc. Ezra and his father shared a love for games, music and Scott, which is why they were attending the festival.
Ezra was a fan of everything Scott was affiliated with, from his McDonald’s meals to “Fortnite” game, in which Scott had a partnership. Epic Games has since removed Scott’s Out West emoticon from the Fortnite store, along with some other items in its daily section.
Ezra’s family buried him in a red casket branded with Fortnite.
During the funeral, Sister Alisa Alexander sang a song of comfort, but first reminded the mourners that God has not forgotten any of them.
“In a moment like this, it is good to remember how big God is. The enemy would make you think he is not concerned about you. If he is concerned about a sparrow, the tiniest of birds, I need you to know he’s concerned about you,” Alexander said.
She then sang “His eyes are on the Sparrow.”
Pastor Rickie G. Rush had all grandparents in the audience stand while he gave a special prayer .
He asked grandparents to continue to model what love and forgiveness means.