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22-year-old Texas A&M student becomes 9th to die from Astroworld 'mass casualty' event

Bharti Shahani became the ninth death in the aftermath of the Astroworld tragedy after being on a ventilator for nearly a week. (Bharti Shahani's Astroworld Recovery Fund)

Bharti Shahani, a 22-year-old computer science student at Texas A&M University, was the ninth person to die in the crowd surge at the Astroworld festival after spending nearly a week in critical condition.

According to her attorney James Lassiter, Shahani died Wednesday night from injuries sustained at the Travis Scott headliner concert on Friday.

Over 300 people were treated for injuries at a nearby field hospital and 23 people were later hospitalized. Eight died within the first 24 hours of the concert, and a 9-year-old boy remains in a medically-induced coma after sustaining brain injuries at the concert.

Shahani attended the concert with her sister and cousin, who survived. Her cousin, Mohit Bellani, said barricades blocking in concertgoers may have added to injuries and deaths in the crowd.

"If they hadn't packed us in with barriers on all three sides, maybe this wouldn't have happened," Bellani said.

Lassiter said that Shahani died from "horrific injuries" at the concert and was on a ventilator until her death on Wednesday. The events surrounding the concert's "mass casualty" event are under investigation by Houston police. Many, including Lassiter are blaming Scott—who performed for over half an hour after police declared the emergency—and concert organizer Live Nation are at least partially to blame for the tragedy.

"We want to make sure that the people who decided to put profits over the safety of the lives of children are held responsible," Lassiter said in a press conference.

Shahani's younger sister Namrata Shahani organized a GoFundMe to raise funds while Shahani was in critical condition. As of Thursday, the fund had reached over $65,000.

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1923 Lake Austin mansion demolition request pitting preservationists and some neighbors against owner and city preservation office
Austin Monitor

By Jonathan Lee

The Planning Commission was split Tuesday on whether to help save an eclectic lakefront estate from demolition by zoning it historic amid concerns over tax breaks and the likelihood that a previous owner participated in segregation as a business owner.

The property in question, known as the Delisle House, is located at 2002 Scenic Drive in Tarrytown. The main house, with Spanish and Modern influences, was built in 1923 by Raymond Delisle, an optician. A Gothic Revival accessory apartment was built in 1946. The current owner applied to demolish the structures in order to build a new home.'

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Freaky Floats and other Austin food & drink news
Austin Motel

What's new in Austin food & drink this week:

  • Nau's Enfield Drug closing after losing their lease. Did McGuire Moorman Lambert buy the building, with its vintage soda fountain?
  • Nixta Taqueria Chef Edgar Rico named to Time Magazine's Time 100 Next influencer list, after winning a James Beard Award earlier this year.
  • Question: From what BBQ joint did pescatarian Harry Styles order food this week?
  • Austin Motel is opening the pool and pool bar Wednesday nights in October for Freaky Floats.
  • Vincent's on the Lake closing due to "economic conditions and low water levels [at Lake Travis]."
  • Cenote has closed its Windsor Park location. The East Cesar Chavez location remains open.
  • The Steeping Room on N. Lamar has closed.
  • Local startup It's Skinnyscored new financing for its gluten-free pasta business.
  • P. Terry's opened a new location in Kyle, at 18940 IH-35.