Asian American killed in Travis Scott surge

Brother said he died trying to protect his fiance from a massive concert crowd surge in Houston that left him trampled

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Photo from Basil Baig

A Pakistani American man trying to protect his fiance is among the eight killed in a massive crowd surge at the Astroworld Festival in Houston Friday, says his brother.

Danish Baig went to the Travis Scott concert with his fiance Olivia Swingle and his brother Basil Baig.

“People were trampled, walked, and stomped on,” wrote the brother on Facebook. “Last night he showed his courageous act to save my sister-in-law/his fiance from those horrendous things that were being done.

According to ABC7 News, Baig fell during the crowd surge and the crowd trampled him while he tried to protect his fiance.

The family says they will hire an attorney and says Travis Scott and his team “will be held responsible.”

The Washington Post reports Baig was born in Pakistan and grew up in Euless, TX. He worked for AT&T as a district supervisor.

My brother Danish Baig (is) a beautiful soul whose smile would light up the room and put everyone before himself,” Basil Baig wrote.

Three of the other victims have been identified in the Washington Post as:

  • John Hilgert, 14, a high school freshman
  • Franco Patino, 21, in his final year at the University of Dayton
  • Jacob Jurinek, a junior at Southern Illinois University

CBS also reported among the dead is:

  • Rudy Pena who was taken to the hospital unconscious before dying.

ABC7 also identified one of the dead as:

Briana Rodriguez, 16, as a junior at Heights High School.

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