Memorial High School freshman John Hilgert among those killed at Astroworld Festival

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Thursday, November 11, 2021
Local officials give update on Astroworld Festival incident that left 8 dead
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At least eight people died Friday night at a concert packed with an estimated 50,000 people at NRG Park. Press play to hear updates from local officials as investigations are underway.

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- One of the eight people killed in Friday's Astroworld Festival disaster has been identified as a Memorial High School freshman by school administrators.

John Hilgert, a ninth grade student, died during the incident, according to a letter sent Saturday to Memorial High School parents.

"Our hearts go out to the student's family and to his friends and our staff at Memorial," MHS Principal Lisa Weir wrote. "This is a terrible loss, and the entire MHS family is grieving."