Astroworld festival disaster: Bharti Shahani becomes 9th spectator to die following Travis Scott concert



HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) – As an investigation continues into the Astroworld festival tragedy, the death toll now stands at nine.

Texas A&M senior Bharti Shahani became the ninth spectator to lose his life at Travis Scott’s show.

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Shahani, 22, had been hospitalized following the event. Until her death, the young woman’s family said she was on a ventilator. She did not show any brain activity shortly after her hospitalization.

Shahani’s family lawyer announced Thursday that she had succumbed to her serious injuries the day before.

Madison Dubiski, 23, of Cypress, was the eighth victim to be declared dead according to a tweet, but Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo.

ABC13 was at the scene on Sunday where Dubiski’s family and friends set up a memorial full of flowers for her outside NRG Park.

John Hilgert, a ninth grade student at Memorial High School, was the youngest to die in the incident, according to a letter from school administrators sent to parents on Saturday.
“Our hearts go out to the student’s family, friends and our Memorial staff,” wrote MHS Principal Lisa Weir. “It is a terrible loss, and the whole MHS family is in mourning today.”

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Counselors were available for students to offer support as they deal with the loss of their classmate, Weir said.

Green ribbons were found wrapped around the building on Saturday.

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ABC13 also learned the name of a 16-year-old who was killed. A family member has confirmed that the 16-year-old is Brianna Rodriguez. Her aunt said she was a junior at Heights High School and had a passion for dancing.

A parent-teacher organization at Heights High School expressed condolences to Rodriguez’s family. The school will have counselors available on Monday for students and staff who may need support during this time.

A family member created a GoFundMe page to raise money for Rodriguez’s funeral expenses.

Administrators at the University of Dayton in Ohio confirmed that one of the 21-year-old victims was Franco Patiño. He specialized in mechanical engineering technology.

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A father identified an unknown victim as his 21-year-old son. Edgar Acosta confirmed to ABC13 that his son, Axel, was the unidentified victim who was collected from Memorial Hermann Hospital after the incident.

Acosta said his son came from Washington to see rapper Travis Scott take the stage at NRG Park.

The fifth victim has been identified as the Danish Baig, 27. Baig was killed in the mob rush as he tried to save his fiancee, his brother, Basil Baig, told ABC News.

“It was [an] young innocent soul who would always put others before him. He was a hardworking man who loved his family and took care of us. He was there in the blink of an eye for everything. He always had a solution to everything, ”Basil said of his brother.

Basil said his family are planning to hire a lawyer.

“Travis Scott and his team and everyone associated with the event should and will be held accountable. [didn’t] stop the show even with people singing and stop the show. He allowed it. It was a bloodbath and it’s all in his hands, ”Basil said.

The family identified Jacob (“Jake”) E. Jurinek as one of the killed victims. Jurinek was a student at Southern Illinois University, where he pursued his passion for art and the media, according to a statement from his family.

“We are all devastated and we end up with a huge hole in our lives,” Jurinek’s father Ron Jurinek said. “Right now, we are asking for time and space for our family to process this tragic news and begin to heal. We are comforted that the hundreds of people Jake has touched over the years will wear a piece of his mind with them. “

Relatives have also identified Rudy Peña, 23, among the victims. Peña’s sister told ABC13 her brother was from Laredo, Texas. A GoFundMe was created to help the family with funeral expenses.

Houston firefighters and Harris County medics transported 25 people to hospitals. Seventeen of those patients were taken away at the height of the ordeal, according to Houston Fire Chief Sam Peña, who also said CPR should be performed on 11 of the victims. HFD had 55 units in service for the festival, Peña said.

“This incident is being fully investigated and reviewed,” Turner said.

Travis Scott, the popular rapper and organizer of the Astroworld festival, kicked off the event in 2018. His shows generally drew young crowds with his energetic presentation which the artist described as “angry.” according to the New York Times.

“The events of last night were tragic beyond belief,” Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo said in a briefing on Saturday. “He’s an artist who we know has followers among young people with a bright future. These were the people who were at the event, (they) went to have a good time. And nobody, no parents. , no friend, no brother should see their loved one attend a concert by a world famous artist and not be able to expect them to come home safe and sound. “

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