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Updated on December 6, 2021 9:41 am

Global Statistics

All countries
266,200,412
Confirmed
Updated on December 6, 2021 9:41 am
All countries
238,072,488
Recovered
Updated on December 6, 2021 9:41 am
All countries
5,273,249
Deaths
Updated on December 6, 2021 9:41 am

Another victim of the Houston Astroworld concert dies

Bharti Shahani is the daughter of Houston, a devoted first-generation Indian-American – an A and B student in computer engineering at Texas A&M University.

So it’s not unusual when a 22 year old senior who loves badminton, his Dunkin’ Donuts coffee and Blue Husky, asks 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, Thursday as she stood with relatives in their lawyer’s office.

Bharti Shahani's family, from left: uncle, mother Karishma Shahani, father Sunny Shahani and sister Namrata Shahani.

Bharti Shahani’s family, from left: uncle, mother Karishma Shahani, father Sunny Shahani and sister Namrata Shahani.

(Molly Hennessy-Fiske/Los Angeles Times)

Wednesday night, Shahani became the ninth person died from injuries sustained at the concert. In that chaos happened at the Astroworld Festival on Friday, he was separated from his older cousin and younger sister. He remains in critical condition at Houston Methodist Hospital. On Thursday, his family announced his death.

“My baby didn’t come back,” his mother said.

Karishma Shahani said she allowed her daughter to attend concerts because she was “always giving” and “this was the first thing she asked of me for herself.”

Houston police opened a homicide and narcotics investigation after a deadly concert by his hometown rapper, but have not charged anyone. Autopsies for those who died – aged between 14 and 27 – are still pending Thursday, and more than a dozen lawsuits have been filed against Astroworld organizers. Calling has been raised for independent investigation because of Scott’s relationship with the city leaders.

Namrata Shahani, 20, a student at the University of Houston, remembers how excited her older sister was as she prepared for Astroworld, planning and trying on outfits for her. The last time he saw her, he held her hand in the crowd.

“The last thing he said to me was, ‘Are you okay?’” Shahani said.

Then the crowd surged, and Bharti disappeared.

Bharti Shahani's cousin, Mohit Velani, spoke on Thursday as relatives listened.

Bharti Shahani’s cousin, Mohit Velani, spoke on Thursday as relatives listened.

(Molly Hennessy-Fiske/Los Angeles Times)

Mohit Velani’s cousin found him hours later in the emergency room near the Houston Methodist.

“I assumed he was just dehydrated,” Velani said, Jan.

Doctors told him he had already suffered two heart attacks and was on a ventilator.

“I went into the room and saw him with a tube down his throat,” he said.

Shahani’s parents have stayed in intensive care with him for the past six days, “so whatever time is left, we can spend time with him,” Sunny Shahani’s father said. They don’t sleep. Their daughter still didn’t respond. At home, Blue’s dog roamed the house, they said, looking for him.

At 6:50 p.m. Wednesday, doctors declared Bharti Shahani dead. In 48 hours, he will be removed from the ventilator, his parents said, his organs donated, as he wished.

Shahani’s family said they had not been in touch with Travis Scott, whose lawyer issued a statement Thursday urging the victim’s family to contact them. Shahani’s family said they had also had no contact with the other victims’ families, including the relative of 9-year-old Ezra Blount from north Texas, who fell into a medically induced coma and was on a ventilator after being trampled at a concert, relatives said.

Astroworld victim Bharti Shahani, 22, with her husky, Blue.

(Shahani family)

“Ezra, I will fight for you no matter what I love you so much and no one can tell me anything different. #keephopealive,” Pastor Treston Blount posted on Facebook Thursday night.

Ezra remained in critical condition Thursday evening, according to a hospital spokesman.

Shahani’s family and their lawyers say they want to hold those who organized the concerts accountable, and do what they can to prevent future disasters.

“They strangled us. They did this to Bharti. They did this to a 9 year old boy who is now in the ICU fighting for his life,” Velani said. “There are so many families grieving right now.”

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