NAPERVILLE, Ill. – Two best friends from Naperville were called back Friday by the high school they graduated from after they died in love at first sight for a concert.
Franco Patino, 21, and Jacob Jurinek, 20, were among 10 people who died Friday, November 5 during the filming of Travis Scott headlining the Astroworld Music Festival. Mourners held a Friday night vigil at Neuqua Valley High School in their honor.
Despite the tragedy nearly three weeks ago, the community has postponed the memorial service so that friends of the victim can participate while returning home after college.
In remembrance of Patino and Jurinek, the pickers held up lights during a moment of silence to symbolize two brilliant young lives lost.
“Jacob, Franco, we love you,” said one grieving person. “We are proud of the men that you are. You will always 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 were celebrating Jurinek’s 21st birthday.
“They were all you needed in a Nequa Valley football player,” said head coach Bill Ellinghaus. “Disciplined. Determined.”
When rapper Travis Scott took the stage, the compact crowd surged, leading to a stampede that left dozens injured. As a result, at least 10 people died.
Jurinek graduated from Neuqua Valley High School in 2019 and junior at Southern Illinois University. He was studying art and media and was on the dean’s list last semester.
“It starts with family and friends and it travels throughout the community, where you realize how many lives they’ve touched,” said Ron Jurinek, the victim’s father.
Patino, who graduated from Nequa Valley in 2018, was a senior at the University of Dayton. He was majoring in mechanical engineering and was interested in the construction of prostheses. He also regularly volunteered with community groups.
“It really helped us through this difficult time,” said Julio Patino, the victim’s father. “We really appreciate that you love my son and thank you for being here.”
Jurinek and Patino’s families have filed wrongful death lawsuits against Scott and the event planners, accusing them of not doing what they might have to prevent chaos in the crowd.
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