Heights-Brianna Rodriguez

Brianna Rodriguez, foreground, a member of the dance team at Heights High School, was reportedly among the eight people who died Friday at the Astroworld Festival held at NRG Park. (Photo from GoFundMe.com)

The Heights High School community is grieving the loss of a student who was among the eight people who died Friday night at a musical festival headlined by Houston rapper Travis Scott.

Brianna Rodriguez, 16, was among those killed during a surge by the crowd at Astroworld Festival, held at NRG Park, according to information released Monday by Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo. The eight people who died were between ages 14 and 27, while several hundred others were injured during the tragedy, which has prompted an investigation by authorities as well as lawsuits filed against Scott and event organizers.

In a recorded phone message sent over the weekend to parents and guardians, the text of which was provided to The Leader by Houston ISD, Heights High School principal Wendy Hampton said a student had died Friday while off campus.

"As you can imagine, this is a terribly difficult time for our school community," Hampton said in the message. "As such, counselors will be available on campus to provide support to students and staff and answer any questions they might have. They will remain available for as long as they are needed."

According to an Instagram post by the Heights RedCoats dance team, a candlelight vigil and balloon release in memory of Rodriguez will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Heights High School track. Attendees are encouraged to wear pink and white.

A GoFundMe account set up to help Rodriguez's family with funeral expenses had raised more than $60,000 as of Monday afternoon. The relative who set up the page described Rodriguez as a "beautiful, vibrant, 16-year-old high school junior."

The Heights High School band said Saturday on Twitter that Rodriguez performed with the band and "could always make anyone smile."

"Dancing was her passion and now she's dancing her way to heaven's pearly gates," reads the GoFundMe page for up for Rodriguez.

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