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Astroworld concertgoers ignored as they tried to stop show, fans claim

Two concertgoers were heard screaming "people are dying" as they tried to stop Travis Scott's Astroworld show on Friday night (Nov 5).

Police confirmed on Saturday morning that at least eight people had died and many more were being treated, following the harrowing crush in Houston, Texas.

As emergency crews rushed to save lives, a handful of revellers chose to keep the party going by appearing to dance on top of an ambulance.

Those who tragically could not be rescued alive from the crowd included a 14-year-old teenager and a selfless man who put his life on the line to help another.

Travis Scott has been pleading for prayers for the victims after claims were made that the performer was unaware of the tragedies.

However, in a now-viral video, a woman from the audience approaches the camera crew on stage and informs them repeatedly about the crowd deaths, begging to stop the concert.

She was soon followed by another man confirming the crisis but the camera person paid no heed to their requests and instructed them to get off the stage.

The pair have been identified as 18-year-old Ayden Cruz and 22-year-old Seanna Faith.

Faith took to Instagram to share her disbelief at being ignored during the horrific incident.

She wrote: "Who I am in this story is not important, rather it is important the things I have now witnessed. Astroworld, Houston, Texas.

"Travis Scott is the only one performing. I don’t know how many people were at the festival, but I do know every single person was at that stage.

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"There were so many people. Tall men, women. Women and men were the only things they could see was the back of the person in front of them.

"The rush of people became tighter and tighter. Breathing became something only a few were capable of. The rest were crushed or unable to breathe in the thick, hot air.

"My friend began to gasp for breath, and she told me we needed to get out. We tried. There was nowhere to go. the shoving got harder and harder

"If someone’s arms had been up, it was no longer a possibility to put it down.

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"Hundreds of people ripped their vocal cords apart screaming for help, but we were not heard. There was nowhere to go.

"My friend was trapped between people on every side of her, and she desperately tried to move towards the rail. It was no use.

"The screaming intensified, as more people realized they could not breathe. We begged security to help us, for the performer to see us and know something was wrong. None of that came."

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The pair were dragged off the stage as they were booed for trying to make it stop – but in hindsight, the pair have been hailed heroes for their efforts.

One Twitter user said: "Their names are Ayden Cruz (18) and Seanna faith (22) They were at Travis Scott #ASTROWORLDFest trying to raise awareness that people were dying but their efforts were unnoticed.

"They were booed for trying to get on stage to stop the show. But they are actually heroes in my eyes."

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Another added: "They were brave but ignored. The more I see of this catastrophe the more I believe that Travis Scott is culpable."

A third said: "That young man pleading to save people’s children had me balling all day."

Around 50,000 fans were at the sold-out show when a 'mass casualty incident' was declared at 9:15pm but the show was not stopped until 10:10pm.

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