Solidarity in US Indian community over death of engineer

2017-02-26 15:13
In this undated photo Srinivas Kuchibhotla poses with his wife Sunayana Dumala in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. (Kranti Shalia via AP)

In this undated photo Srinivas Kuchibhotla poses with his wife Sunayana Dumala in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. (Kranti Shalia via AP)

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Washington - The Indian community in the United States has reached out in solidarity with the victims of an apparent hate crime in which an Indian engineer was shot dead in a Kansas bar.

Many community members remain in shock over the shooting in Olathe, a suburb of Kansas City, when a drunk white man allegedly opened fire on two young Indian engineers, screaming racial slurs and telling them "Get out of my country."

Court hearing

"There's no place for senseless violence & bigotry in our society," tweeted Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, one of the most prominent Americans of Indian descent.

"My heart is with the victims & families of the horrific shooting in Kansas," he said.

One of the engineers - Srinivas Kuchibhotla, 32 - was shot dead at the bar. His friend, 32-year-old Alok Madasani, was wounded in the shooting. He has since been allowed to go home.

A white bar patron who tried to help and is being hailed as a hero, identified as Ian Grillot, was wounded and remains hospitalised.

Local police said the suspect, Adam Purinton, 51, is under arrest and faces an initial court hearing on Monday.

Purinton was arrested after police got a tip from a bartender in a nearby town that the suspect boasted of having killed two Middle Eastern men, the Kansas City Star reported.

Mortal remains

A GoFundMe online fundraiser page was quickly set up after the shooting and as of Sunday had collected more than $600 000, much of it in small contributions of $5 and $10.

The money is to help with the funeral expenses "and other ongoing grief / recovery support costs" for Kuchibhotla's widow Sunayana Dumala.

"This includes the very expensive process of carrying his mortal remains back to India, so his parents can say goodbye one last time to their beloved son," the page says.

There are believed to be about 300 000 residents of Indian descent living in the United States.
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