GloRilla and Finesse2tymes may be facing legal action in connection to a stampede following their recent show in Rochester, New York that left three women dead.
According to TMZ, the family of Brandy Miller — one of two women killed in the immediate aftermath of the tragic accident last Sunday (March 5) — are speaking with attorneys and exploring their options for recourse in this situation.
The woman’s sister, Michelle Miller, told the outlet that the family plans to sue the Main Street Armory, where the event took place; the promoters who organized the concert; as well as the two Memphis rappers.
According to ABC News, reports of shots being fired inside the venue sparked panic, leading to a deadly stampede that injured nine people in total.
Rochester Police responded at 11:05 p.m. based on initial reports of gunshots inside the venue, which has a capacity of 5,000. Officers found multiple people injured.
However, an investigation later revealed that none of the injuries were consistent with gunshot wounds and police have cast doubt on whether a shooting actually took place.
Three people were transported via ambulance to Strong Memorial Hospital, including a 33-year-old woman who died from her injuries that evening. Brandy Miller was reported dead on Monday (March 6); and 35-year-old Aisha Stephens succumbed to her injuries on Thursday (March 9), per the Associated Press.
Six other people were transported by private vehicle to local hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries.
I’m just now hearing about what happened wtf 😢😢😢praying everybody is ok 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼
— GloRilla 🦍 (@GloTheofficial) March 6, 2023
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 🙏🏽
— GloRilla 🦍 (@GloTheofficial) March 7, 2023
By all accounts, both GloRilla and Finesse2tymes had already left the venue when the crowd surge occurred as fans attempted to leave the building.
After the show, the “Tomorrow” rapper took to Twitter to address the tragedy, expressing her shock and sadness while sending prayers to those who were in attendance.
“I’m just now hearing about what happened wtf [teary sad face emojis] praying everybody is ok [prayer hands emojis].”
On Monday night, she returned with a longer heartfelt message, writing: “I am devastated & heartbroken over the tragic deaths that happened after Sunday’s show. My fans mean the world to me [teary sad face emoji] praying for their families & for a speedy recovery of everyone affected [prayer hands emoji].
Speaking to TMZ after the incident, Finesse2tymes said that he felt like he was being unfairly targeted by those who sought to hold him accountable for the events following his performance in Rochester.
“When it go on anywhere else, don’t nobody get blamed. When it go on at my show, I get blamed,” he said while laughing the idea off. “Sometimes when you winnin’ and you don’ won so fast… Right now I’m like a creative player on an NBA game or something. So it’s like I’m frowned upon like how people [get] mad when you play with a creative player.”
Asked whether he felt that he might have to deal with any legal ramification in connection with the situation, Finesse said he thought it was unlikely.
“I think it was a situation where something failed,” he explained. “And just people started running, things got out of control and innocent people got hurt, but it wasn’t nothing violent going on.”
The family of Brandy Miller said they have been speaking to attorneys since she was pronounced dead and that they are hoping to retain a high profile attorney, as they have “no plans to back down.”