Death Toll Climbs to 3 From Stampede at GloRilla Concert in New York

GloRilla (Gloria Hallelujah Woods) arrives at the 2022 American Music Awards (50th Annual American Music Awards) held at Microsoft Theater at L.A. Live on November 20, 2022 in Los Angeles, California, United States. — Photo by imagepressagency

A third woman has died from injuries she suffered during a stampede at a concert in Rochester, New York, headlined by rapper GloRilla.

Police told local news station WHAM-TV that 35-year-old Syracuse resident, Aisha Stephens, passed away on Wednesday night.

The outlet reported Stephens was “the last remaining hospitalized victim” from the stampede.

Stephens was among several people trampled on Sunday, March 5, when concertgoers rushed toward the exit inside the Main Street Armory.

Rhondesia Belton, 33, of Buffalo, died shortly after she was transported to an area hospital. Brandy Miller, 35, of Rochester, died the next day.

Seven other people sustained injuries that were not life-threatening.

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The crowd rush occurred around 11 p.m., after Memphis rappers GloRilla and Finesse2tymes ended their performances.

GloRilla released a statement on Twitter, saying: “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.”

During a news conference Monday, Rochester Police Chief David M. Smith said preliminary reports indicated the chaos erupted when concert attendees mistakenly thought they heard gunshots.

“There are some reports that shots were heard causing the crowd to panic,” Smith said. “We do not have any evidence of gunshots being fired or of anyone being shot or stabbed at the scene.”

Rochester Mayor Malik Evans called the deadly stampede a “tragedy of epic proportions.”

The city of Rochester said Wednesday the pending renewal of the Main Street Armory’s entertainment license was denied, forcing the venue to shut down as criminal and regulatory investigations continue.

Inspectors are trying to determine if there were any code violations.