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Families of two Naperville friends killed at Astroworld concert file lawsuits

Franco Patino (left) and Jacob Jurinek (right) are pictured together on the Neuqua Valley High School football team in Naperville. The two friends, who were both in college this year, traveled to the Astroworld concert in Houston to celebrate a birthday. Your families are now suing everyone involved.

NAPERVILLE, Illinois (AP) – The family of two close suburban Chicago friends who were killed at the Astroworld concert in Houston this month have filed lawsuits against rapper Travis Scott, entertainment company Live Nation and others.

The lawsuits filed by the Naperville families by Jacob “Jake” Jurinek, 20, and Franco Patino, 21, are part of a spate of dozen of lawsuits against Scott and the companies behind the November 5th event that hit the 10th People killed and hundreds killed were injured as a crowd drove concert-goers forward, crushing and trampling many of them.

As with many other lawsuits, this one blames the companies and Scott, an organizer of the concert who was on the stage when the fatal scene took place, for not having even the most basic safety precautions in place.

“The defendants have seriously violated their duty to protect the health, safety and lives of concert-goers, including, but not limited to, the failure to provide adequate security personnel to carry out crowd control measures, adequate barricades and failure to provide one adequate emergency medical care, ”the suits say.

Patino and Jurinek were both college students, Patino at the University of Dayton in Ohio and Jurinek at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. They had been football teammates at Neuqua Valley High School in Naperville.

Like the relatives of the other victims, a partner at the Chicago law firm Corboy & Demetrio, which filed the lawsuits in the Harris County Courts in Houston earlier this week, said the families were trying to understand something that doesn’t make sense.

“A healthy, strong 20 or 21 year old goes to a concert with the thought that they are going to have fun, and in this case they will be celebrating Jake’s 21st birthday,” Corboy told the Naperville Sun. “Nobody expects to go to something as happy and joyful as a concert where they die in the end. Nobody suspects when he pays these high prices for these concert tickets that he has to take care of such things. “

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