Event organizers told staff to never to use ‘dead’ or ‘deceased’ over the radio.
Astroworld staff were instructed to refer to dead concert-goers as “Smurfs,” according to a 56-page security and emergency medical response plan obtained by CNN and authored by Austin, Texas-based concert promoter Scoremore. The wide-ranging document outlines contingencies and instructions for staff responding to different situations at the festival, which ended Friday night with the deaths of eight concert-goers as a result of a deadly crowd surge.
Some 50,000 ticketed fans were on hand to see Friday headliner Travis Scott perform on the festival’s first night when thronging fans began trampling and crushing one another. Two teens, ages 14 and 16 died in the ensuing rush.