After two close friends died in the Astroworld concert tragedy, their families are filing wrongful death lawsuits against Travis Scott, the Live Nation entertainment company, and more.
The families of Jacob “Jake” Jurinek, 20, and Franco Patino, 21, both from Naperville, Illinois, are among the latest to file lawsuits as a result of the Nov. 5 Astroworld concert tragedy in Houston, Texas, which killed 10 people and injured hundreds.
The lawsuit states that Scott and Live Nation failed to protect the individuals at the concert.
Travis Scott performs at Day 1 of the Astroworld Music Festival at NRG Park on Friday, Nov. 5, 2021, in Houston. (Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP) (Amy Harris/Invision/AP)
“Defendants egregiously failed in their duty to protect the health, safety, and lives of those in attendance at the concert, including but not limited to the failure to provide adequate security personnel to implement crowd control measures, proper barricades, and the failure to provide a sufficient amount of emergency medical support,” the suit states.
The two friends, Jurinek and Patino, were football teammates at Neuqua Valley High School in Naperville.
Both were also in college, as Patino attended the University of Dayton in Ohio, while Jurinek attended Southern Illinois University-Carbondale.
The crowd watches as Travis Scott performs at Astroworld Festival at NRG park on Friday, Nov. 5, 2021 in Houston. Several people died and numerous others were injured in what officials described as a surge of the crowd at the music festival while Scott was performing. Officials declared a “mass casualty incident” just after 9 p.m. Friday during the festival where an estimated 50,000 people were in attendance, Houston Fire Chief Samuel Peña told reporters at a news conference. (Jamaal ) (Jamaal Ellis/Houston Chronicle via AP)
The families of Jurinek and Patino are being represented by Chicago law firm Corboy & Demetrio, who filed the lawsuits earlier this week in Harris County Courts in Houston.
Phillip Corboy Jr., a partner at the law firm, told the Chicago Tribune that the friends were celebrating Jake’s 21st birthday.
Travis Scott performs at Day 1 of the Astroworld Music Festival at NRG Park on Friday, Nov. 5, 2021, in Houston. (Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP) ((Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP))
“A healthy, strong 20- or 21-year-old child goes off to a concert thinking he’s going to have some fun, and they’re going to be celebrating, in this case, Jake’s 21st birthday,” Corboy said. “Nobody expects to go to something as happy and joyous as concert where they end up dying. Nobody anticipates when they pay these high prices for these concert tickets that they have to worry about things like that.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report