As a newcomer in the mainstream, this is supposed to be a carefree season for GloRilla. The Memphis hitmaker moved from a social media personality to a viral star to a certified rapper signed with Yo Gotti's CMG. Her "F.N.F." single took over social media, and as GloRilla has been traveling the world and amassing new fans, she's been hit with a tragic setback. She was performing at a concert in Rochester, New York, with Finesse2Tymes when audience members believed they heard gunshots. Soon, people were pushing toward the exits.
The surge caused a stampede as the crowd ran for cover. It was just as the show was ending around 11:00 p.m.; however, an investigation uncovered that there weren't any shots fired. Rhondesia Belton, 33, and Brandy Miller, 35, sadly died as a result of the incident. Forbes reports a third woman, 35-year-old Aisha Stephens, has also succumbed to her injuries.
The Venue Has Shut Down Following GloRilla & Finesse2Tymes's Show
The Rochester Main Street Armory has also been under scrutiny after people reportedly called the venue a "death trap." The Huffington Post reported that the City of Rochester refused to renew the Armory's entertainment license. An investigation into its regulations is also ongoing, as well as if there will be criminal charges in the future. Additionally, authorities are inspecting the building for any code violations.
This event has caused Travis Scott's scandal to be reintroduced. The Astroworld tragedy continues to be tied up in litigation, but it isn't forgotten. A crowd surge involving thousands of fans caused ten people to lose their lives while several more were injured. Scott was blamed for the incident but denied culpability. Lawsuits have emerged from victims' families, and the ordeal has caused artists to be more accountable for how they navigate fans in distress.
GloRilla and Finesse2Tymes have spoken about the deaths in Rochester. They are both devastated by the news and can't believe this has unfolded. "I am devastated & heartbroken over the tragic deaths that happened after Sunday's show," GloRilla tweeted. "My fans mean the world to me praying for their families & for a speedy recovery of everyone affected ."