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Nine-year-old Astroworld victim's family turn down Travis Scott’s offer to pay funeral costs

The family of nine-year-old Astroworld victim Ezra Blount have turned down Travis Scott’s offer to pay for his funeral.

As Rolling Stone report, the offer to cover the expenses for his funeral only arrived at the Blount family lawyer Bob Hilliard and co-counsel Ben Crump on November 24th, which was the day after the farewell.

The letter was penned on behalf of the rapper by his lawyer Daniel Petrocelli. He said Scott was “devastated” by the tragedy and “grieves for the families whose loved ones died or were injured”.

“Travis is committed to doing his part to help the families who have suffered and begin the long process of healing in the Houston community. Toward that end, Travis would like to pay for the funeral expenses for Mr. Blount’s son,” the letter continued.

Petrocelli also said that accepting the offer would “have no effect” on their lawsuit against Scott. Previously, they contacted Crump about Travis meeting the Blount family face-to-face, but it was rejected.

In response, Hilliard explained to Petrocelli why he was declining the offer. “I have no doubt Mr. Scott feels remorse. His journey ahead will be painful. He must face and hopefully see that he bears some of the responsibility for this tragedy,” it read.

“There may be, and I hope there is, redemption and growth for him on the other side of what this painful process will be — and perhaps one day, once time allows some healing for the victims and acceptance of responsibility by Mr. Scott and others, Treston and Mr. Scott might meet, as there is also healing in that,” Hilliard noted.

“To lose a child in the manner Treston lost Ezra compounds the pain. As a parent, Treston cannot help but agonize over the terrible idea that Ezra’s last minutes were filled with terror, suffering, suffocation and worst of all surrounded by strangers, his dad unconscious underneath the uncontrolled crowd.”