On November 5th, eight people were killed at Travis Scott’s Astroworld music festival.
By now you’ve probably seen a bunch of different news sources saying a whole lot of different things surrounding the event. We’ll try to add clarity below.
- At the concert, the overloaded crowd of ~50,000 started to pile near the stage, causing people to become trapped.
- Travis Scott then began to perform, causing a stampede of people to push against the stage, compressing the crowd and trampling or suffocating some to death.
- The youngest to die was 14 years old.
- One attendee later noted on her IG (viewer discretion advised) her attempt to notify local event staff and authorities in the height of the chaos, but wasn’t successful.
How should we respond?
The spread of misinformation is easy when everyone has their own microphone. When you read about stories like the tragic one last week, as yourself these three questions:
- Now knowing what I know, how can I respond like Jesus?
- Have I prayed about those inflicted, their families, and any wrongdoers in this situation, or have I only reacted?
- What principles does the Bible teach about suffering?
The book of Job in the Bible is a great illustration that sometimes wicked people go unpunished (and even prosper greatly) and other times righteous people suffer. Job teaches us that trials are not necessarily just or unjust. They simply are or are not, and we are considered righteous by how we choose to respond to suffering.
Scott’s girlfriend Kylie Jenner said in an Instagram response: “Travis and I are broken and devastated,” she wrote. “I want to make it clear we weren’t aware of any fatalities until the news came out after the show and in no world would have continued filming or performing.”
The FBI is now involved in the investigation; the story and aftermath are still ongoing.