December 6, 2021

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ASTROWORLD TRAGEDY: 6 out of 8 victims of Astroworld Festival identified. Here’s what we know – KPRC Click2Houston

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HOUSTON – KPRC 2 is learning more about the victims who died during Friday night’s tragedy at Astroworld Festival.

The victim’s ages range from 14-27 years old, authorities said in a news conference on Saturday.

On Friday night, a crowd of approximately 50,000 people amassed at NRG Park, where a crowd surge claimed the lives of eight attendees and sent several others to the hospital.

RELATED: ‘Our hearts are broken’: At least 8 dead, several others injured at Travis Scott’s Astroworld Festival at NRG Park, officials say

Read more on each of the victims below.

John Hilgert, 14

Memorial High School freshman John Hilgert, 14 died at Astroworld Festival after he and seven others were reportedly caught in a crowd surge.

The school released a statement in an email to parents Saturday afternoon.

READ MORE: ‘A terrible loss’: Spring Branch ISD student among those killed in crowd surge at Astroworld Festival

Brianna Rodriguez, 16

Brianna Rodriguez, 16, was a junior who attended Heights High School. In a tweet from the school’s band account, she performed with the band and was “someone who always made anyone smile.” A GoFundMe account was established to help with funeral expenses.

READ MORE: ‘Always made anyone smile’: Heights HS student among Astroworld Festival victims

Franco Patino, 21

Franco Patino, 21, was working toward a mechanical engineering technology degree at the University of Dayton, with a minor in human movement biomechanics, his father, Julio Patino, said in an interview. He was a member of Alpha Psi Lambda, a Hispanic interest fraternity, and the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, and was working in an engineering co-op program.

Patino described his son as a charismatic, energetic leader who was active in his community and intent on helping people with disabilities.

He said his son was working with a team on a new medical device, and that he wanted to find a way to help his mother walk again after she was severely injured in an automobile accident in Mexico two years ago.

Through tears, Patino described how his son — who enjoyed weight lifting, football and rugby — used his strength to break a door and free his mom from the wreckage.

“He loved his mom,” Patino said. “He said everything that he was doing, it was trying to help his mom. The entire goal.”

Julio Patino, of Naperville, Illinois, was in London on business when the phone rang around 3 a.m. He answered it and heard his wife, Teresita, crying. She said someone had called from a hospital about their 21-year-old son, Franco, and that a doctor would be calling her soon. About 30 minutes, she called back with the doctor on the line.

“The doctor was giving us the news that our son had passed away,” Patino said.

Patino said he had last spoken with his son about 2 p.m. Friday. Franco told his dad that there weren’t a lot of people at the festival site yet

“Don’t worry, I’m fine,” Patino recalled his son saying. “I just said, ‘Ok, just be careful.’”

READ MORE: University of Dayton student among those killed in chaos at Astroworld Festival

Rudy Pena, 23

Rudy Pena, of Laredo, Texas, was a student at Laredo College and wanted to be a Border Patrol agent, his friend Stacey Sarmiento said. She described him as a people person.

“Rudy was a close friend of mine,” she said. “We met in high school. He was an athlete… He brought happiness anywhere he went. He was easy to get along with. It was like positive vibes from him at all times.”

“We all came to have a good time … it was just horrible in there,” she added.

READ MORE: College student who dreamed of becoming border patrol officer among Astroworld Festival victims

Axel Acosta, 21

Axel Acosta, 21, was a computer science major at Western Washington University. His father, Edgar Acosta said his son was among the victims who died at the festival.

The school in Bellingham, Washington, released a statement Sunday: “By all accounts, Axel was a young man with a vibrant future. We are sending our condolences to his family on this very sad day.”

READ MORE: Father identifies unknown concertgoer who was among Astroworld Festival victims

Jacob Jurinek, 20

Jacob “Jake” Jurinek, 20, was a junior at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, where he was “pursuing his passion for art and media,” his family said in a statement Sunday. He was just over two weeks short of his 21st birthday.

He was attending the concert with Patino, his friend and former high school football teammate, according to Patino’s father Julio Patino. He was deeply committed to his family and was known as “Big Jake” by his younger cousins.

He will be missed by his father, Ron Jurinek, with whom Jake became especially close after Jake’s mother died in 2011.

“In the decade since, Jake and Ron were inseparable – attending White Sox and Blackhawks games, sharing their love of professional wrestling, and spending weekends with extended family and friends at Jake’s favorite place, the family cottage in Southwestern Michigan,” the family’s statement said.

“We are all devastated and are left with a huge hole in our lives,” his father, Ron Jurinek, added in an emailed statement.

Southern Illinois University-Carbondale released the following statement:

“We are brokenhearted to lose a member of the Saluki family, Jacob Jurinek, and we extend our deepest condolences to his family and friends. Jacob was a creative, intelligent young man, with a promising career in journalism and advertising. We understand this comes as a shock to many of our students. If they have mental health concerns, Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is available to help them by calling 618-453-5371. As we mourn this loss in our community, we will keep Jacob’s family and friends in our thoughts.” – Austin Lane, chancellor, Southern Illinois University Carbondale

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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