Monday, 2 August 2021

Indian student shot in back at Kansas City restaurant

KANSAS CITY: A 26-year-old student from Telangana was shot dead by a suspected robber at a restaurant here in the US state of Missouri, police said.

Sharath Koppu, a student at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UKMC), was shot at about 7 p.m. on Friday at J’s Fish and Chicken Market near 54th and Prospect, where he worked as a part-time employee, The Kansas City Star local newspaper reported.

The police released a brief video of the suspect inside the restaurant moments before the shooting and asked for the community’s assistance in identifying him.

Koppu was a software engineer who came to the US in January to pursue his master’s degree.

Meanwhile, Raghu Chowdavaram, the victim’s cousin, created a GoFundMe account on Saturday to collect money to pay for the body to be returned to India.

It raised $25,000 in three hours.

“He had the same dreams like everyone else, to make it big in the land of opportunity. He had a great sense of humour and always made people laugh and was always eager to lend a helping hand,” Chowdavaram wrote in the GoFundMe account.

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