HOUSTON – Rodolfo Angel Peña, 23, was an aspiring model and psychology student from Laredo, Texas, who dreamed of becoming a US Border Patrol agent or seeing where his charm and good looks would take him.
On Friday, he and some friends drove the five hours from Laredo to Houston to blow off steam at the Travis Scott show at the Astroworld Festival. On Saturday afternoon, his family was busy arranging the funeral for him.
Peña was one of eight people who died Friday night as thousands of concertgoers rushed to the stage to see Scott, overwhelming security and creating a chaotic nightmare.
His older brother, Guadalupe Peña, said authorities only told the family that his brother died of cardiac arrest during the show.
“He’s a really strong person,” he told USA TODAY. “I know he would have come out. It seems very vague how it happened.’
Houston mayor Sylvester Turner said on Saturday that 25 people have been transported to the hospital and 13 are still in the hospital. A 10-year-old is in critical condition, officials said. There were numerous other injuries. At least 11 members, like Peña, went into cardiac arrest.
The victims who died ranged in age from 14 to 27, Turner said. The age of one person was unknown. Turner has not identified the victims of the incident and said relatives of six of the eight have been notified. Autopsies will be performed before the victims are released to their families, Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo said.
Guadalupe Peña shared details about his brother’s life in the lobby of a Houston hotel on Saturday, as his mother paced nearby and occasionally whimpered.
“The one who suffers the most is his mother,” he said.
The youngest of five siblings, Rodolfo Angel Peña was a star-wide recipient at Nixon High School in Laredo and was in his senior year at Laredo College, he said. He took psychology courses, hoping to land a well-paying job with Border Patrol or US Customs and Border Protection. He also worked as a chiropractic therapist.
He was known and loved throughout Laredo, said Eduardo Peña, his other brother. “Everyone knew him,” he said.
Rodolfo Angel Peña loved to dance and was fashionable, said Guadalupe Peña. And he loved music. He attended the last Astroworld Festival in 2019, but this was his first Travis Scott concert, he said.
The family planned a funeral for him in Laredo. They still had many questions about how his brother died, Guadalupe Peña said.
“He came to the concert yesterday,” he said. “He’ll be gone before we know it.”
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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Astroworld victim was in his senior year of college and aspiring model