According to her family, the 22-year-old Indian student died from injuries sustained by rapper Travis Scott’s deadly crowd at Astroworld, raising the death toll to 9. Bharti Shahani, who was about to graduate from Texas A&M University in the spring, has died. Wednesday night after a severe head injury from the November 5 tragedy. According to her family, she underwent mechanical ventilation. In fan panic, rap star Scott’s Astroworld festival killed nine people between the ages of 14 and 27 and suffered scores on Friday night. The investigation into the tragedy continues.
Bharti’s heartbroken family confirmed Thursday that she was pronounced dead due to injuries sustained during the chaos at the Astroworld festival. “She was like an angel to us.” Bharti’s father, Sunny, said as his wife and other family members sobbed and held his hands, “Bharti is love,” said mother Karishma, overwhelmed with grief.
“Always thinks about everyone – friends, parents, family, his dog Blue.” They say that Bharti was the foundation of the family, the “light of their life,” which was a gift from God. She was everything to me, ”the younger Bharti. – said the sister of Namrat. “We did everything together … she was like a second mother to me.”
Young Aggie was a first generation Indian American and a good student who would soon earn a degree in computer science. She also helped in the family business and took care of her sisters. An Aggie is a student of Texas A&M University. Bharti had never been to concerts before – rarely did anything for herself, her mom said, but she decided to go meet Travis Scott with Namrata and a cousin. “She was looking forward to it, she had outfits planned, she tried everything on, she showed me,” Namrata said.
The sisters held hands and enjoyed the music, but as the crowd surged, they parted. Texas A&M officials released a statement expressing condolences to the Bharti family. “Aggie’s family is deeply saddened to learn of Bharti’s death. We offer our deepest condolences to her family and friends. We encourage our campus community to be kind and patient towards themselves and others as everyone experiences grief differently. We also call on everyone who is struggling to lean on their peers and professionals who are here to listen and help. ”
People at the concert described the crowd of about 50,000 as packed and dangerous even before the concert began. “We were drowning. We were drowning. We were dying. We screamed for help, screamed for the concert to stop, cried, screamed. Nobody was listening. Nobody cared, ”said her cousin Mohit Bellani.
Bharti, her sister Namrat Shahani, and Bellani went to a Travis Scott concert together, but lost touch with each other and lost their cell phones as the crowd swelled.
“As soon as one person fell, people started to fall like dominoes,” Bellani said on a local channel. “It looked like a failure. People fell on each other. On the ground lay … layers of bodies as thick as two people. We fought to get to the top and (to) breathe (and) stay alive. ” She was a sister, daughter, excellent student, college student who was about to graduate from Texas A&M University with high, high grades, – said the family of James Lassiter.
The Bharti family created GoFundMe to cover the high medical costs of the intensive care unit, with more than $ 79,184 raised to date.
Another South Asian, 27-year-old Danish Baig, was killed in a crowd while trying to rescue his fiancée, his brother was quoted by local media as saying. A Danish Pakistani-American from Uless, Texas, fell during the chaos and was trampled by gig-goers while trying to protect Olivia Swingle.
“Travis Scott and his team, as well as everyone involved in the event, must and will be held accountable. He [didn’t] stop the show even if people are singing, and stop the show. He allowed it. It was a bloody bath, and it was all in his hands, ”said his brother.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott has announced the formation of a concert safety task force that will bring together members, including representatives from the music industry, law enforcement and government officials, to make recommendations on how to keep concerts safe. “Live music is a source of joy, entertainment and communication for many Texans, and the last concern for concertgoers is their safety,” Abbott said in a statement.
Scott and the organizers of the event were closely scrutinized for how they dealt with the influx of crowds, which left hundreds of people injured.
“I am absolutely devastated by what happened last night,” the rapper said in a statement the day after the incident. “I pray to families and all those affected by what happened at Astroworld.”