KEY POINTS

  • Only people with authority to make changes in a person's LinkedIn account can request for it to be closed
  • People without authority can report a deceased member's profile
  • LinkedIn may "hide" a deceased member's profile 

The LinkedIn profile of one Astroworld victim was deleted without the consent of his family, according to the victim’s father. 

Franco Patino, 21, was one of eight people who died at Travis Scott’s Astroworld Festival in Houston, Texas, over the weekend. Prior to his death, Franco had been attending school at the University of Dayton where he was majoring in mechanical engineering technology with a minor in human movement biomechanics. The young boy also kept a LinkedIn profile where he posted his achievements.

But on Wednesday, Julio Patino, Franco’s father, said his son’s LinkedIn profile had been deleted without his knowledge.

"LinkedIn removed my son's profile without any notice," he told Fox Business. "I'm the only one who can authorize that."

Julio has reached out to LinkedIn to get an explanation but has yet to receive any response from the social networking company. 

According to LinkedIn’s Help page, a person who has “authority to act on behalf of a deceased member” and has all the required documents may request to have the profile be memorialized or closed. Once the account is memorialized, the person’s account will no longer be accessible. 

The Help page also stated that other people who do not have authority to act on behalf of the deceased person can report the member as deceased. However, they would need to provide legal documents proving the claim. 

Once the claim has been proven, the deceased member’s account will be hidden. This means the profile will no longer be visible on the platform. 

On Wednesday, Houston police Chief Troy Finner said his personnel had urged the event organizers to stop the show after at least one person in the crowd required CPR. He did not say whether the organizers stopped the show following the police’s request. 

Officials are still investigating what caused the crowd surge at Friday’s concert that led to Franco’s death as well as seven other victims between the ages of 14 and 27. Two people who were injured at the event remain hospitalized in critical condition, Fire Chief Samuel Pena told CNN.

Texas A&M student Bharti Shahani, 22, is currently on a ventilator at Houston Methodist Hospital, attorney James Lassiter told the publication. A 9-year-old boy who also sustained serious injuries at the festival was put under a medically induced coma. 

Rapper Travis Scott, pictured performing during the Astroworld Festival at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas in 2019, has been sued after eight people died in a crush while he performed at the festival on November 5, 2021 Rapper Travis Scott, pictured performing during the Astroworld Festival at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas in 2019, has been sued after eight people died in a crush while he performed at the festival on November 5, 2021 Photo: AFP / SUZANNE CORDEIRO