NEW YORK: A Pakistani-American man, Danish Baig, was among the eight people who died in a stampede during rap star Travis Scott’s Astroworld music festival in Houston, Texas on November 5.
The deaths happened near the stage when the crowd surged towards it, with some suffering cardiac arrests and other medical trauma, officials said.
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner had told reporters that the dead were young: two were aged 14 and 16, two were 21, another two were 23, with a seventh aged 27. The rest of the two-day festival was later cancelled after the disaster.
Danish, 27, whose family migrated to the US from Karachi, had also died in the tragic incident while trying to save his fiancée, Olivia Swingle, according to his family.
“He managed to get it to where she was able to get out,” Danish’s brother Ammar Baig told PEOPLE magazine in an interview. He said that Danish was separated from Olivia, 25, in the chaos.
“Somehow, the ambulance managed to get to her and then, by the time they got to my brother, they tried resuscitating him. And they said that before they got to the hospital, he couldn’t make it.”
Ammar, described the scene as recounted by their younger brother Basil Baig, who was also in attendance at Friday’s concert.
People started hitting them, people started hitting his fiancée, started [doing] a lot of things to her. She’s bruised up, and he was trying to save her,” he said and added, “No one there was to help him.”
Danish and Olivia, who both worked at a telecommunications company, had travelled from Dallas to Houston after months of planning to listen to Scott and other artists in the concert.
“He would always take care of his fiancée. He would always get her whatever she wanted. They would always have goals, plans, all these things he had in his mind for them,” Ammar said of the couple. “He just started his life.”
“We just want prayers for him,” Danish’s brother added.
Ammar blames poor organisation and lack of security at the event for his brother’s death. “What happened to my brother is not right, and it’s unjust, and we’re going to find justice for him,” he added.