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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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