Two best friends who went to Travis Scott Astroworld concert to celebrate birthday are identified among eight killed during stampede

Two best friends who went to Travis Scott Astroworld concert to celebrate birthday are identified among eight killed during stampede



Two best friends from Illinois who went to Travis Scott Astroworld concert are the latest victims to be identified in the stampede that killed eight people at the event, which also took the life of a 14-year-old boy.



University of Dayton student Franco Patino, 21, was attending the event with his best friend, 20-year-old Jacob Jurinek, when both were trampled to death Friday night.



Jurinek had bought the tickets six months before the show to celebrate his upcoming 21st birthday on November 20.



The two young men grew up together in Naperville, Illinois, met in elementary school and were reuniting at the concert to celebrate.







'They met in elementary school [in Naperville] and were best friends every step of each other lives,' Franco's brother Cesar Patino told reporters.



The college buddies joined the tragic list of fatalities, with seven of the eight being identified - including John Hilgert, the youngest victim of Friday night's horror in Houston.



Patino was a huge fan of the rapper, traveling from southern Ohio to Houston for the concert, according to WGN9.



Jurinek, better known as Jake, attended Southern Illinois University.



Patino was studying engineering and was a member of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers and the Alpha Psi Lambda. He was also a part of the society's special interest house, which he founded with fellow student Andy Prieto to create.Latest Post
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