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Travis Scott Speaks Out About Astroworld Tragedy: ‘I Will Always Honor The Victims'

Travis Scott Speaks Out About Astroworld Tragedy: ‘I Will Always Honor The Victims'
Travis Scott on Instagram

Scott was performing at Astroworld Festival when crowd surge led to 10 deaths, hundreds of injuries

Travis Scott is speaking out regarding the tragedy at his Astroworld music festival in Houston last year.

In November, Scott was performing at the festival when a crowd surge led to 10 deaths and hundreds of injuries.

On Tuesday, March 8, the 30-year-old rapper announced that he had launched Project HEAL, a "multi-tier, long-term series of community-focused philanthropy and investment efforts" that he plans to enact to give back to those in need. He shared in a statement on Instagram about the Project,

"Over the past few months, I've been taking the time and space to grieve, reflect and do my part to heal my community. Most importantly, I want to use my resources and platform moving forward towards actionable change."

According to Scott, he created the project "to take much needed action towards supporting real solutions that make all events the safest spaces they can possibly be," adding in his statement, "I will always honor the victims of the Astroworld tragedy who remain in my heart forever."

Per Project HEAL's website, one of the initiatives includes a $1 million pledge for student scholarships at historically Black colleges and universities. Named after Travis' grandfather, the Waymon Webster Scholarship Fund will grant $10,000 scholarships to seniors who have a 3.5 or higher GPA but are facing financial challenges that hinder their chances of graduating.

"My grandfather was an educator who made a difference in thousands of young lives throughout his life," he continued, "he is a major influence on me and countless others, whose dreams he believed in, whose hopes he invested in, and whose futures he made big."

This is the third time Scott has spoken out about the tragedy since his initial apology video and a subsequent interview.

Scott has faced criticism for not stopping the show, but he has claimed multiple times that he was unaware of how dire the situation was in the crowd from his vantage point on the stage and only learned of how bad things got after his set had concluded.

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