High-profile civil rights lawyer Benjamin Crump said Monday night that he has been retained by the parents of a child injured at Friday’s Astroworld music festival tragedy in Houston.

The 9-year-old boy was hospitalized in a medically induced coma after he was hurt when the crowd surged toward the stage, resulting in the deaths of eight people. Hundreds of other concertgoers were injured.

The boy suffered brain trauma after he was trampled, Crump said in a statement.

The two-day festival, curated by rapper Travis Scott and organized by concert promoter Live Nation, was cut short Friday after the accident. Hip-hop star Drake, who had joined Scott onstage Friday, issued his first public statement since the tragedy.

“My heart is broken for the families and friends of those who lost their lives and for anyone who is suffering,” he said on Instagram late Monday. “I will continue to pray for all of them, and will be of service in any way I can.”

Meanwhile, Crump said he would work alongside Alex and Bob Hilliard of the Corpus Christi law firm Hilliard Martinez Gonzalez in representing the child.

“The suffering that this family is going through is immeasurable,” Crump’s statement said. “This little boy had his whole life ahead of him — a life that is currently hanging in the balance because of the reckless mismanagement that ensued at the Astroworld Festival.”

If a lawsuit materializes, it would be one of nearly 20 announced or filed over deaths and injuries at the NRG Park event.

Benjamin Crump via MSNBC

In a statement Monday morning, Live Nation said it will “continue to support and assist local authorities in their ongoing investigation so that both the fans who attended and their families can get the answers they want and deserve, and we will address all legal matters at the appropriate time.”

Sources close to Scott have said he plans to pay for the funeral expenses of the dead and will give refunds to ticket holders.

“I could never imagine anything like this just happening,” Scott said in an Instagram story Saturday. “My fans really mean the world to me, and I always just really want to leave them with a positive experience. Any time I can make out … anything that’s going on, I’d stop the show and … help them get the help they need.”

Dennis Romero writes for NBC News and is based in Los Angeles.

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