Funeral held for college student who died after Astroworld Festival


HOUSTON (KXAN) — Loved ones gathered in Houston Tuesday for the funeral of a 22-year-old college senior who died after the crowd surge at the Astroworld Festival.

Bharti Shahani was among the 10 who died at the concert headlined and curated by rapper Travis Scott. Hundreds of others were injured, and a criminal investigation into the deaths at Astroworld is still underway.

Family members said Shahani was studying electronics systems engineering at Texas A&M University and had been set to graduate next spring. Her cousin, Mohit Bellani, attended the festival with Shahani and said they were separated once the crowd began to surge forward.

“The most elegant prose you could write over the course of weeks doesn’t come close to capturing the essence of who Bharti was,” Bellani said in his eulogy. “Bharti was kind, caring and compassionate. Bharti was selfless. But I think Bharti’s mom actually said it best: Bharti is love.”

Shahani’s sister, Namrata, also attended the festival with her. Namrata said Bharti was the one person she could open up to, and she will miss her constantly.

“I couldn’t take care of you that day even though you have always taken care of me,” Namrata said. “I should have held your hand tighter. I should have held onto you.”

Shahani’s father shared that Shahani became an organ donor when she renewed her driver’s license last year. Her organs and tissues have now been donated.

Shahani died Nov. 10 from massive injuries she suffered while attending the Astroworld Festival on Nov. 5.

Authorities have opened a criminal investigation, but have not yet assigned any fault.

GoFundMe account has been established for the family’s benefit.

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