NAPERVILLE, Illustration – Two Naperville best friends are remembered Friday at the high school they graduated from after they died in a concert.
Franco Patino, 21, and Jacob Jurinek, 20, were among 10 people who passed away Friday, November 5, during Travis Scott’s spotlight event at the Astroworld Music Festival. The mourners held a vigil Friday night at Neuqua Valley High School in their honor.
Although the tragedy happened nearly three weeks ago, the community has postponed the memorial service so that friends of the victim can join in while visiting home from college.
In memory of Patino and Jurinek, those gathered together lit up a moment of silence to symbolize the two bright, youthful lives lost.
“Jacob, Franco, we love you,” said one mourner. “We are proud of men like you. You will forever be in our hearts. “
Patino and Jurinek were among the 50,000 people who attended the Astroworld Festival the first week of November. The couple celebrated Jurinek’s upcoming 21st birthday.
Head coach Bill Ellinghaus said: “They are everything a Nequa Valley footballer is wanted. “Disciplined. Identify.”
When rapper Travis Scott took to the stage, the packed crowd spilled over, leading to a stampede that left dozens injured. As a result, at least 10 people were killed.
Jurinek is a 2019 graduate of Neuqua Valley High School and a junior at Southern Illinois University. He is studying art and media and was shortlisted for Dean last semester.
“It started with family and friends and it moved across the community, where you realize how many lives they’ve touched,” said Ron Jurinek, the victim’s father.
Patino, a 2018 Nequa Valley graduate, is a senior at the University of Dayton. He is majoring in mechanical engineering and has a hobby of making prosthetics. He also regularly volunteers with community groups.
Julio Patino, the victim’s father, said: “This really helped us through this difficult time. “We really appreciate that you fell in love with my son and thank you for being here.”
The family of Jurinek and Patino have falsely filed a lawsuit against Scott and the event organizers, accusing them of not doing what they could to prevent chaos in the crowd.
https://wgntv.com/news/neuqua-valley-hs-hosts-vigil-for-graduates-killed-in-astroworld-tragedy/ Neuqua Valley HS holds vigil for graduates killed in Astroworld tragedy