Bharti Shahani is the daughter of Houston, a conscientious first-generation Indian-American—A and B students of Computer Engineering at Texas A&M University .
So when the 22-year-old senior who loves badminton, Dunkin’ Donuts coffee and her Husky Blue asked her parents, it was very unusual Attend the Astroworld concert by Travis Scott.
“We don’t go to the concert. We don’t know what this concert is about,” her mother Karishma Shahani said as she stood with relatives in the lawyer’s office on Thursday.
On Wednesday night, Shahani became the ninth person Died of injuries at the concert. In chaos Then at the Astroworld Festival on Friday, She was separated from her cousin and sister. She was in critical condition at Houston Methodist Hospital. On Thursday, her family announced her death.
“My baby hasn’t come back,” her mother said.
Karishma Shahani said that she agreed to her daughter’s participation in the concert because she “is always giving” and “this is the first thing she asks for herself.”
After the deadly concert by the rapper in his hometown, Houston police began a homicide and drug investigation, but have not yet brought charges against anyone. The autopsy of the deceased-ranging in age from 14 to 27-is still waiting on Thursday, and more than a dozen lawsuits have been filed against Astroworld organizers.call Independent investigation Because of Scott’s relationship with city leaders.
Namrata Shahani, a 20-year-old student at the University of Houston, recalled how excited her sister was when preparing for Astroworld, planning for her and trying on clothes. The last time she saw her, she was holding her hand in the crowd.
“The last thing she said to me was,’Are you okay?'” Shahani said.
Then the crowd surged and Bharti disappeared.
A few hours later, cousin Mohit Velani found her in the emergency room of the nearby Houston Methodist.
“I assume she is just dehydrated,” said 25-year-old Velani.
The doctor told him that she had had two heart attacks and needed a ventilator.
“I walked into the room and saw a tube stuck in her throat,” he said.
Shahani’s parents have been with her in the intensive care unit for the past six days. “So no matter how much time is left, we can spend it with her,” said his father Sonny Shahani. They did not sleep. Their daughter still did not respond. They said that at home, her dog Blue was wandering around the house, looking for her.
At 6:50 pm on Wednesday, the doctor announced that Bharti Shahani was dead. Her parents said that within 48 hours, she would be removed from the ventilator and donated her organs according to her wishes.
Shahani’s family said they did not get in touch with Travis Scott. Travis Scott’s lawyer issued a statement on Thursday urging the families of the victims to contact them. The Shahani couple said they did not contact the families of other victims, including the relatives of 9-year-old Ezra Blunt in northern Texas, who fell into a coma for medical reasons after he was trampled at the concert. And leaned on the ventilator. Said.
“Ezra, no matter how much I love you, I will fight for you. No one tells me the difference. #keep active“Father Treston Blunt said in a Facebook post on Thursday night.
According to a hospital spokesperson, Ezra remained in a critical condition on Thursday night.
The Shahani couple and their lawyers said that they will hold the concert organizers accountable and do everything they can to prevent future disasters.
“They choked us. They did it to Bharti. They did it to the 9-year-old boy who is now fighting for his life in the intensive care unit,” Velani said. “A lot of families are sad now.”