A family in Kansas who lost their 9-year-old son when the tour bus he was on in Nashville collapsed when thunderstorms swept through in February last year has rejected an invitation to the rapper Travis Scott’s upcoming Travi$ Scott concert at Washington’s FedEx Field.
Gabriel and Cindy Hill and their 5-year-old daughter, Heaven, died in the crash.
Before the accident, Gabriel had been treated for his aggressive cancer and diagnosed with a rare and complex diagnosis of neuroblastoma cancer. He was one of the first to die in the storm, which caused by a storm front packing a tornado on the way to the first Lollapalooza, Travis Scott’s first concert of his three-day Astroworld Festival.
Gabriel and Heaven and all of the passengers from the tour bus that were killed in the crash were invited to the concert by Scott.
But after receiving an email from concert organizers, the family said they declined the invitation because it wasn’t clear whether they would be able to attend. A representative for Scott’s management company, Marathon Music Works, said the company never received an invitation to speak to the Hill family.
“We feel so horrible for them,” said Ronnie Reese, owner of Marathon Music Works, in a news release that also referred to March 9 as March Heaven’s Day. “(Travis) has committed to giving her a very special birthday celebration where she will be able to meet and see her favorite artist.”
The family said if they did want to attend, they wanted to pay the final $1,000 of the $10,000 they said Scott’s management company was offering for the funeral.
Shortly after the family’s request was published, a representative for the management company, Reese’s mention of March 19 as Heaven’s Birthday, stated that Scott would take his mom, Bobbi Ann Scott, to the concert after the March 9 performance.
The Hill family, in an email sent to The Washington Post, said they did not receive such an invitation.