Dayton couple files lawsuit claiming pregnant woman lost unborn child in Astroworld tragedy

HOUSTON — A lawsuit filed by a Dayton couple claims the pregnant woman lost her unborn child during the Astroworld concert tragedy in Houston in November 2021, according to court documents.

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The lawsuit was filed on behalf of Shanazia Williamson and Jarawd Owens, both of Dayton, in Harris County, Texas court in December claiming the crowd crush incident at the concert caused injuries to Williamson and the death of their unborn child.

“While in attendance at the festival, Shanazia was trampled and crushed resulting in horrific injuries and ultimately the death of her and Jarawd’s unborn child. In addition, Shanazia sustained injuries to her shoulder, back, chest, leg, stomach, and other parts of her body,” the lawsuit claims.

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Williamson and Owens sued multiple parties including rapper Travis Scott, entertainment company Live Nation, and others claiming wrongful death, court records show.

The lawsuit claims “defendants’ failure to plan, design, manage, operate, staff and supervise the event” led to Williamson’s injuries and the loss of her pregnancy.

“Defendants are the owners, operators, promoters, organizers, and performers responsible for the event and each had a duty and responsibility for ensuring safe concert operations.”

The couple is seeking payment in excess of $1 million, according to court records.

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The parties accused in the lawsuit have filed court records denying the claims. News Center 7 has reached out to representatives for Williamson and Owens for additional comments and we’re awaiting a response.

The crowd crush incident killed 10 people and injured hundreds more at the music festival during Travis Scott’s concert.

One of the ten victims killed was Franco Patino, 21 of Naperville, Illinois who was a senior at the University of Dayton when he was killed.

“Te amamos mucho hijo (we love you very much son),” his parents Teresita and Julio C Patino said in a statement to News Center 7 days after his death. “We’re comforted by the impact Franco made on hundreds of people over the years and that they will carry a piece of him from now on.”

We’ll continue to update this story as we learn more.