Families of 2 in Illinois killed in concert files lawsuit

The suburban Chicago families of two students who died this month at the Astroworld concert in Houston have joined the growing ranks of those who are suing rapper Travis Scott and companies involved in the event.

NAPERVILLE, Ill. — The families of two close friends from suburban Chicago who were killed this month at the Astroworld concert in Houston have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against rapper Travis Scott, the entertainment company Live Nation and others.

The lawsuits filed by the Naperville families of Jacob “Jake” Jurinek, 20, and Franco Patino, 21, are part of a flurry of dozens of lawsuits against Scott and the companies behind the Nov. 5 event that killed 10 people. and hundreds were injured as a crowd of concertgoers pushed forward, crushing and trampling many of them.

As with many of the other lawsuits, this one blames the companies and Scott, a concert organizer who was onstage as the deadly scene unfolded, for not taking even the most basic of safety precautions.

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

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

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