22-year-old Texas A&M student who went to Astroworld has died from her injuries
- Bharti Shahani, a senior at Texas A&M University, has died of her injuries after attending
Astroworld, her family's attorney said.
- She was 22 years old.
A 22-year-old college student who attended
Bharti Shahani, a Texas A&M senior, died Wednesday night, according to an attorney for the family, James Lassiter.
She was left without brain activity after being crushed in the crowd surge at the music festival last Friday.
At an emotional press conference, Shahani's mother, Karishma, broke down and said she didn't "have any words" for her loss.
"Bharti is love - pure. Always thinking about everybody," Karishma Shahani told reporters. "I am blessed God gave me [her]. But what happened now? What happened to my blessing now?"
"I want my baby back," she sobbed. "I won't be able to live without her. It's impossible."
Bharti's father, Bhagu "Sunny" Shahani, said she had a "bright future."
"She was the head of the family," her father, Sunny Shahani, said. "She was a very nice girl, always calm, always listened ... I don't want somebody else's daughter to go like this."
According to the family, Bharti wanted her organs to be donated.
She was accompanied to the festival by her cousin, Mohit Bellani, who survived. Speaking Thursday, Bellani described the scene as an "atrocity."
"I can't even call it a festival," he said.
In addition to the 9 deceased victims, hundreds of others were injured at the festival. Police have said an investigation could take weeks, if not months.
Bellani described seeing Bharti in the hospital later after she was hurt in the surge of the crowd.
"I walked into the room and I saw her with the tubes down her throat and I just wish we could bring her back somehow," Bellani said.
The family dog, a husky named "Blue," keeps looking for her, he added.
Bharti's little sister, Namrata, described her as a "second mother."
"She was always someone I could look up to," she said. "I just don't know what the picture will look like from now on."
Astroworld was her first music festival, Namrata said.
"Stuff like this shouldn't be happening," she said. "This is not normal."
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