The death of a 9-year-old boy who attended a concert in Dallas just a few days ago has been ruled accidental.
Family members said the boy died from head trauma sustained during an overcrowded concert on Sunday night at AT&T Stadium, home of the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys. Thousands of people were crammed into the arena to see B2K, B.o.B., Trey Songz and Nicki Minaj. The concert, which was held at Arlington Park racetrack, also featured singers DJ Khaled and Chris Brown.
Annette Long, a spokesperson for the City of Arlington, said in a news release that the incident came after large crowds were funneled into the stadium as a “gentleman’s” entrance way. An insufficient number of gate staff crowded the arena, causing the exits to be manually closed.
Long said gate staff escorted people out through other entrances, but there were still large crowds in the stadium’s suites. She said this was an “isolated” incident and that the city would pursue any and all ramifications for the event’s organizers.
Nareed Akbar, a cousin of the child, told local WFAA-TV that some concertgoers said they and their young children were being pushed and shoved to get into the venue.
“So many people to put in a small area, you know, the seats wasn’t big enough, and they push the people in,” Akbar said.
An initial emergency call was made at 6:23 p.m. Sunday, and CPR was administered in addition to use of an external defibrillator, WFAA reported. The boy was flown to Children’s Medical Center Dallas but later died. The Texas Rangers are handling the investigation, a department spokesman told The Washington Post on Thursday.
This report includes information from The Associated Press.