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Astroworld attendee says he tried to save Ezra Blount, boy who died after festival

Blount, 9, became the youngest person to die from the festival, which he attended with his dad.

A Colorado man says he and his friends came to the rescue of nine-year-old Ezra Blount, the youngest person to die after being trampled at Astroworld, when they saw the boy trapped in the crowd with severe injuries.

Christian Amaya of Aurora told lawyers he and his friends saw Ezra hurt and unable to escape the crowd surge when panic broke out at the festival. After pulling the boy from the crowd, Amaya said, he and others brought him to a medical tent where the boy received CPR.

“He was one of the heroes that he just happened to — him and his friends — they happened to, right after the concert started, come come across an unconscious nine-year-old boy that was on the ground,” Amaya’s lawyer Alex Hilliard said.

“He said, ‘I had about a half a second, to pick this boy up, before I knew that I would be carried into a different area by the crowd.’”

Hilliard said Amaya and others hoisted Ezra above the crowd and got him to safety.

“And he goes, ‘I remember the feeling of just the utmost relief, because I watched them do CPR on the boy.’” Medical staff managed to bring back Ezra’s pulse, Amaya told Hilliard. “And then that was all shattered ... when he heard the news that Ezra had died.”

Ezra had attended the concert with his father, Treston, and was on the man’s shoulders when the melee began. Treston passed out and Ezra fell. When Treston regained consciousness, Ezra was gone. Ezra died just over a week later, after his family located him at a hospital. With damage to his lungs, kidney and heart, he had been put in a medically induced coma.

“We are heartbroken by this news and our deepest sympathies go out to the family and friends,” Live Nation said in a statement at the time.

Ezra split time between Tyler, where Treston lives, and the Dallas area, home to his mom.

Amaya’s story emerged as part of another lawsuit filed against Travis Scott, Live Nation and other organizers of Astroworld on Monday in Harris County District Court. In it, Amaya joined other festival attendees, claiming he was injured at the event and suffered emotional distress.

Ezra’s family has also filed suit against the festival.

Friends and family of Ezra gathered Tuesday for a funeral led by pastor Rickie Rush at the Inspiring Body of Christ Church in Dallas.

Dan Singer, Entertainment & Events Editor. Dan Singer edits entertainment and events coverage for The Dallas Morning News.

daniel.singer@dallasnews.com @fileunderdan
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