A third person has succumbed to their injuries following a stampede at GloRilla’s concert with Finesse2Tymes on Sunday (March 5). The concert was held at Main Street Armory in Rochester, NY where seemingly unfounded reports of gunfire started the stampede.
Ten people were injured including two women who were killed in the aftermath. Rhondesia Belton, a 33-year-old woman died from her injuries after being taken to the hospital. The death toll then rose to two after a 35-year-old woman succumbed to her injuries late Monday (March 6). Now a third, Aisha Stephens, has died according to the Associated Press. Stephens was the second person left in critical condition after the incident. The seven others have been since released from the hospital.
On Wednesday (March 10), the city refused to renew the venue’s entertainment license. The venue has been shut down while criminal and regulatory investigations have begun said Patrick Beath, the city’s deputy corporation counsel per AP. Fire and code enforcement authorities are inspecting the building and reviewing photos and video from the concert to determine if there were any violations, he added.
GloRilla spoke out about the tragedy on Monday (March 6).
“I am devastated & heartbroken over the tragic deaths that happened after Sunday’s show,” GloRilla tweeted late Monday. “My fans mean the world to me [sad face emoji] praying for their families & for a speedy recovery of everyone affected.”
I am devastated & heartbroken over the tragic deaths that happened after Sunday’s show. My fans mean the world to me 😢praying for their families & for a speedy recovery of everyone affected 🙏🏽— GloRilla 🦍 (@GloTheofficial) March 7, 2023
Rochester Mayor Malik Evans called the fatal stampede “totally unacceptable” and is determined to find out how this tragedy happened.
“We are going to hold people accountable for what happened last night, period,” Evans said per HipHopDX. “I intend to get to the bottom of this.”
He added: “If you go to a concert, you do not expect to be trampled. Your loved ones expect you to be able to come home and talk about the experience that you had at that great concert.”