First time festival participant, 9th grade – Boston Herald

By RANDALL CHASE and MIKE CATALINI

A promising college student expected to graduate in the spring. A guest from the state of Washington. And a freshman in high school.

As the family of a 22-year-old Texas A&M senior confirms her death Thursday, the number of people who died after the crowd rose during a Travis Scott appearance at the Astroworld music festival has risen to nine. Hundreds were injured.

The cause and manner of death of the victims have not been clarified. Michele Arnold, a spokeswoman for the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences, has said it could be weeks before that information is available.

The dead were between 14 and 27 years old. Their families and friends have shared stories about them on social media and with journalists.

City officials are investigating what caused the pandemonium at the sold-out event, which was attended by about 50,000 fans. Scott, a rapper known for his high-energy concerts, said Monday he would cover the funeral costs for the victims.

‘FAMILIESUPERLIM’

Bharti Shahani, a high-achieving student at Texas A&M University, died Wednesday night, attorney James Lassiter said during a news conference with the family.

Shahani had been hospitalized since she was critically injured at the concert.

Bharti’s relatives described her as diligent in her studies of electronics systems and one who always thought of others – including that she had volunteered to donate her organs when she died.

Astroworld should be a rare escape, said her sister Namrata Shahani.

“For the first time in her life, she just wanted to have fun and it was taken from her,” Namrata said.

Namrata said her sister’s last words to her were, “Are you okay?”

Her cousin, Mohit Bellani, also attended the concert. He said Shahani had two heart attacks on the way to the hospital. “Bharti was the glue of the family. She was the super glue of the family,” he said.

‘LOVED HIS MOTHER’

Franco Patino, 21, was working toward a degree in mechanical engineering at the University of Dayton with a minor in human motion biomechanics, his father, Julio Patino, told the Associated Press. He was a member of the Alpha Psi Lambda, a Latin American fraternity of interest, and the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, and worked in an engineering collaboration program.

Patino described his son as a charismatic, energetic leader who was active in his community and dedicated to helping people with disabilities. His son was working on a new medical device and wanted to find a way to help his mother walk again after she was seriously injured in a car accident in Mexico two years ago, Patino said.

Through tears, Patino described how his son – who enjoyed weightlifting, football and rugby – used his strength to break a door open and free his mother from the wreck.

“He loved his mother,” Patino said. “He said all he did was try to help his mother. The whole goal.”

Julio Patino from Naperville, Illinois, was in London on a business trip when the phone rang around noon. 3. He answered and heard his wife, Teresita, weeping. She said someone had called from a hospital about Franco and that a doctor would call her soon. After 30 minutes, she called back with the doctor on the line.

“The doctor gave us the news that our son had passed away,” Patino said.

Patino said he had last talked to his son around 2pm on Friday when he assured his father that he was fine.

“I just said, ‘OK, just be careful,'” Patino said.

‘BIG HOLE IN OUR LIVES’

Jacob “Jake” Jurinek, 20, was a junior at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, where he “pursued his passion for the arts and media,” his family said in a statement Sunday. He was just about to turn 21 years old.

He attended the concert with Patino, his friend and former high school football teammate, according to Patino’s father, Julio Patino. He was deeply committed to his family and was known as “Big Jake” by his younger cousins.

He will be missed by his father, Ron Jurinek, whom Jake became particularly close to after his mother died in 2011.

“A decade ago, Jake and Ron were inseparable – participating in White Sox and Blackhawks fights, sharing their love of professional wrestling, and spending weekends with extended family and friends at Jake’s favorite place, the family cabin in southwest Michigan,” the family said. said.

“We are all broken and left with a big hole in our lives,” his father, Ron Jurinek, added in an email.

‘GOOD STUDENT, ATHLETE, SO POOL’

The ninth grade of the Memorial College, John Hilgert, 14, was the youngest of those who died. Mourners began tying green ribbons around trees at the school over the weekend in his memory.

He was at a concert with classmate Robby Hendrix, whose mother, Tracy Faulkner, spoke to the Houston Chronicle. The boys had hoped to get a good place to watch the show.

“Everything about that night was a tragedy,” Faulkner told the newspaper. “John was a good student and athlete and so polite. He was the sweetest and wisest young man.”

‘PARTY LIFE’

Madison Dubiski, 23, lived in Houston. She was a cheerleader in high school and a member of a community service group called the National Charity League, according to a former classmate who spoke to the Houston Chronicle.

“She was definitely the party life and loved by so many people,” Lauren Vogler told the newspaper.

She was her mother’s best friend, and she loved watching her brother play sports, said family friend Claudia Sierra.

‘HARDWORKING MAN’

Mirza “Danish” Baig, who identified himself on Facebook as the district manager of AT&T and appeared to be a devoted Dallas Cowboys fan, was among those who died at the concert, his brother Basil Baig said on Facebook.

“He was (an) innocent young soul who always put others before him. He was a hard working man who loved his family and took care of us. He was there with a heartbeat for anything. He always had a solution to everything, says Basil Baig to ABC News.

Baig’s funeral was held Sunday in Colleyville, in the Dallas-Forth Worth area. Messages left with Basil Baig were not returned.

County officials identified him as Mirza Baig, but his brother said on Facebook that he went after Danish. He was 27.

LOVED TO DANCE

Brianna Rodriguez’s family told People magazine she was among those killed in the concert. She was 16, a student at Heights High School and loved to dance, according to the family the magazine spoke to. Her family has not responded to a message from the AP.

Outside her school, pink ribbons and balloons adorned the fence and spelled “Bri.”

“Brianna was someone who performed with the band and was someone who could always make anyone smile,” the Heights High School band said in a tweet.

Her high school dance team remembered her in an Instagram post, saying she was in the group for three years, served as a junior social officer and “never failed to get a smile on everyone’s face.

“She was a wonderful friend, teammate, dancer, sister, daughter and leader. The Bulldog community is deeply saddened and will honor her in every way we can. We love you Brianna,” the team said in the post.

EDB SCIENCE STUDENT

Axel Acosta Avila, 21, was a computer science major at Western Washington University. His father, Edgar Acosta, told KOMO-TV that his son was among the victims who died at the festival.

The school in Bellingham, Washington, issued a statement Sunday: “By all accounts, Axel was a young man with a vibrant future. We send our condolences to his family on this very sad day.”

Acosta Avila was originally identified by the family with the individual surname, Acosta, but his father said Monday that his full name should be used.

ASPIRING BUSINESS AGENT

Rodolfo “Rudy” Pena, 23, of Laredo, Texas, was a student at Laredo College and wanted to be a border patrol agent, his friend Stacey Sarmiento said. She described him as a human being. Officials identified him as Rodolfo Pena, but friends called him Rudy.

“Rudy was my close friend,” she said. “We met in high school. He was an athlete.… He brought happiness everywhere he went. He was easy to get along with. It was like positive vibes from him all the time.”

“We all came to have fun … it was just awful in there,” she added.

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Associated Press writers Jamie Stengle and Juan Lozano of Houston contributed to this report. Chase reported from Dover, Delaware, and Catalini reported from Trenton, New Jersey.

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