“Please have the families of those who we lost yesterday reach out,” Roddy wrote. “I’ll be donating my net compensation to the families of this incident #Pray4Houston.”
Roddy’s generous act arrives just a day after a crowd surge at Travis Scott’s hometown festival left eight people dead and many hospitalized with injuries.
Houston Fire Chief Sam Peña said the crowd started to rush toward the stage around 9:15 p.m. CT. People started passing out, inciting more panic, at which point the Houston Police Department declared a mass casualty incident.
“The crowd for whatever reason began to push and surge towards the front of the stage, which caused the people in the front to be compressed – they were unable to escape that situation,” Peña said during a news conference early Saturday morning.
Houston Police said Saturday that they are investigating “whether the casualties stemmed were drug-related.” After TMZ reported that a key person involved with the festival alleges “someone in the crowd went crazy and began injecting people with some sort of drug, which caused panic and then a surge,” Chief of Police Troy Finner revealed that a security member at the event lost consciousness after feeling a prick in his neck. He was eventually revived with Narcan, according to Finner, and medical staff spotted a mark on him that could have been from an injection.