Bharti Shahani was a daughter of Houston, an obedient first generation American Indian, an A and B student in computer engineering at Texas A&M University.
So it was unusual when the 22-year-old who loved badminton, Dunkin ‘Donuts coffee and his husky Blue asked his parents to attend Travis Scott’s Astroworld concert.
“We don’t go to concerts. We don’t know what this concert is about, “said her mother, Karishma Shahani, on Thursday while she was with relatives in their lawyer’s office.
On Wednesday night, Shahani became the ninth person die from injuries sustained at the concert. In the chaos that followed by the Astroworld Festival on Friday, she was separated from her older cousin and younger sister. He remained in critical condition at Houston Methodist Hospital. His family announced his disappearance on Thursday.
“My baby hasn’t come back,” his mother said.
Karishma Shahani said she agreed to her daughter’s participation in the concert because she “always gave” and “this is the first thing she asked me for herself”.
Houston police have opened investigations into murder and narcotics following the hometown rapper’s deadly concert, but have not yet charged anyone. Autopsies for those who died – who were between the ages of 14 and 27 – were still ongoing on Thursday, and more than a dozen lawsuits have been filed against Astroworld organizers. calls they have risen by an independent investigation due to Scott’s ties to city leaders.
Namrata Shahani, 20, a University of Houston student, recalled how excited her older sister was while preparing for Astroworld, planning and trying on clothes for her. The last time he saw her, he was holding her hand in the crowd.
“The last thing he said to me was ‘Are you okay?’” Shahani said.
Then the crowd ignited and Bharti vanished.
Cousin Mohit Velani found her hours later in the emergency room of the nearby Methodist hospital.
“I thought she was just dehydrated,” said Velani, Jan.
Doctors told him he had already had two heart attacks and was on ventilation.
“I walked into the room and saw her with tubes down her throat,” he said.
Shahani’s parents have been in intensive care with her for the past six days, “so whatever time is left, we can spend with her,” said father Sunny Shahani. They haven’t slept. Their daughter remained numb. At home, her dog Blue roamed the house, they said, looking for her.
At 6:50 pm on Wednesday, doctors pronounced Bharti Shahani dead. Within 48 hours, she would be removed from the ventilator, her parents said, her organs donated, as was her wish.
Shahani’s family said they had not been in contact with Travis Scott, whose lawyers released a statement Thursday urging the families of the victims to contact them. The Shahanis said they had not even been in contact with the families of the other victims, including relatives of Ezra Blount, 9, from North Texas, who was put into a medically induced coma and on a ventilator after being stepped on at the concert. , the relatives said.
“Ezra, I will fight for you, no matter what I love you so much and no one can tell me otherwise # keep hope alive, “Father Treston Blount posted on Facebook late Thursday.
Ezra remained in critical condition late Thursday, according to a hospital spokesman.
The Shahanis and their lawyer said they wanted to hold those who organized the concert accountable and to do what they could to prevent future disasters.
“They suffocated us. They did this to Bharti. They did this to the 9-year-old now in intensive care who is fighting for his life, ”Velani said. “There are so many grieving families right now.”