US: Death toll from Astroworld music pageant stampede rises to 9

Bharti Shahani, 22-year-old Texas faculty pupil, died of accidents sustained throughout present in Houston final week.

A Texas faculty pupil has succumbed to accidents sustained throughout final week’s Astroworld Festival stampede in Houston, a lawyer for the household introduced on Thursday, bringing the demise toll from the incident to 9.

Bharti Shahani, a 22-year-old Texas A&M University pupil, died late Wednesday from “horrific injuries” sustained throughout rapper Travis Scott’s music pageant, the consultant mentioned.

Nine concertgoers between the ages of 14 and 27 have been killed and plenty of others have been injured throughout the opening night time of the pageant on November 5. A nine-year-old boy stays in essential situation, police have mentioned.

“We want to make sure that the people who decided to put profits over the safety of the lives of children are held responsible,” James Lassiter, the lawyer for Shahani’s household, mentioned throughout a information convention.

Lassiter mentioned Shahani was a “shining star” in the neighborhood. “She was a sister, a daughter, a high-achieving college student about to graduate from Texas A&M University with high, high grades,” he mentioned.

Concertgoers have described the packed crowd of some 50,000 folks rising harmful even earlier than Scott appeared on stage and seeing folks collapse whereas he carried out. The rapper’s attorneys have mentioned he didn’t know concerning the deaths and accidents till after the present.

A consultant for Scott on Thursday requested victims to contact the rapper straight for assist through a devoted e mail handle.

“He is distraught by the situation and desperately wishes to share his condolences and provide aid to them as soon as possible, but wants to remain respectful of each family’s wishes on how they’d best like to be connected,” the consultant mentioned.

Police are persevering with to interview witnesses and are constructing a timeline of occasions resulting in the deaths, Houston Police Chief Troy Finner mentioned on Wednesday.

Mohit Bellani, Shahani’s cousin, who additionally was on the live performance, blamed barricades arrange on the pageant for trapping attendees and stopping them from escaping the stampede.

“If they hadn’t packed us in with barriers on all three sides, maybe this wouldn’t have happened,” he mentioned.

But Edwin F McPherson, a lawyer for Scott, has rejected blame on the rapper for not halting the occasion.

“Investigations should start proceeding over finger-pointing so that together, we can identify exactly what transpired and how we can prevent anything like this from happening again,” McPherson mentioned in an announcement.

The FBI mentioned earlier this week that it will help Houston police in an ongoing felony investigation, an announcement welcomed by Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, who represents Houston.

“With so many moving parts involved in this tragedy, families who have lost loved ones deserve to have all of the facts regarding this catastrophe so that this can help them heal,” Lee mentioned in an announcement on Wednesday.

Dozens of lawsuits have been filed towards the present’s promoter, Live Nation Entertainment, in addition to Scott over the incident.