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A 20-Year-Old Taylor Swift Fan Was Killed After 'Eras Tour' Performance, 'Swifties' Rally Around Family

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By Taylor Hodgkins on April 29, 2023 at 3:30 PM EDT

An unforgettable night at a Taylor Swift concert would soon turn tragic for one Texas family.

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Taylor Swift dazzles in golden flowing dress as she shakes it off as fans show her love in the front rows at her opeing night of her Era tour in Arizona
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The 33-year-old singer's first tour in half a decade has been a highly-anticipated event for her fans. Poor ticket management courtesy of Ticketmaster would soon result in lawsuits after they went on sale in November, resulting in many 'Swifties' unable to obtain tickets.

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One 20-year-old Swiftie was able to score tickets to Swift's recent tour stop in Houston, Texas. He was struck by a drunk driver after the show while attempting to push his stalled vehicle back on the road. (via Page Six)

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The 20-Year-Old Fan Died At The Scene.

According to Page Six, Lewis' sister, April Bancroft, had been driving their car. She was injured due to the event and later received treatment for her injuries, per 107.5 The River. The duo had gone to Swift's concert together.

Alan Bryant Hayes, the man who had hit Lewis, fled the scene on foot. He was charged with a "third offense felony driving while intoxicated and failure to stop and render aid" after he was eventually found and arrested.

A Swiftie later shared a screenshot of Lewis' father's Facebook status, recalling the incident.

Mr. Lewis wrote, "We lost our son Jacob Lewis early Saturday morning. On their way home from the Taylor Swift concert, April Bancroft and Jacob had car trouble on the freeway. They made it to the shoulder, and Jacob was pushing the car to the nearby exit when they were rear-ended," he continued. "Jacob died instantly. The driver fled the scene but was later apprehended by police. April only suffered minor bruises and scrapes."

Mr. Lewis then shared some insight into the kind of person his son was.

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"Jacob left this world much too early. After taking a gap year this year to work at Chic-Fil-A, he was to begin his sophomore year in the musical theater program at Sam Houston State University this fall. He had already excelled at theater, choir, and dance during his High School years, and we looked forward to new exciting adventures and successes."

"Jacob was passionate about his studies, friends, and hobbies. He enjoyed being a Dungeon Master for his friends' pursuits in Dungeons and Dragons. He loved playing Kirby, Sonic, Mario, Portal, and Zelda video games. He loved reading novels and comic books, watching videos on YouTube, and listening to music. He loved playing and singing music," Mr. Lewis concluded.

The Pokémon Community of Houston and Swifties rallied to help the Lewis family. As of this writing, GoFundMe has accumulated nearly $2,000 since it was created four days ago!

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Bancroft Thanked 'Swifties' For Their Support And Continues To Honor Her Brother's Legacy On Twitter!

On April 23rd, Bancroft quote-tweeted one of her tweets from two days before, featuring the duo goofing around in front of an Eras Tour Captial One display.

"I cannot even describe the pain I feel at this moment for losing my brother," she tweeted. "We loved you so much, @taylorswift13. Thank you for making this our last memory together." Swifties would then rally around Bancroft by retweeting her tweet to reach the "All Of The Girls You've Loved Before" singer.

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A Swift fan Twitter account tweeted, "Jacob's favorite song to dance to at the eras tour was shake it off. It would be a beautiful tribute to make some shake-it-off bracelets for each other to remember him shake off the haters, and live fully."

On the 24th, Bancroft responded to the public outpouring by tweeting, "I cannot express the overwhelming happiness and gratitude from every #Swiftie out there. Thank you, thank you, thank you. I will get to your messages eventually if I haven't already. Your words have inspired me through my day so much," she concluded.

The GoFundMe for Jacob Lewis' family is still active as of this writing.

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