Body of Sharath Koppu, Indian student killed in US arrives in Hyderabad

Hyderabad: The body of Sharath Koppu, an Indian student who was killed by a miscreant during an attempted robbery in Kansas City in the US district of Missouri last week, arrived here tonight.

The body arrived at the Rajiv Gandhi International airport and former Union Minister Bandaru Dattatreya was among those who paid homage to the departed soul.

According to authorities in Kansas, Koppu, 25, hailing from Telangana, was fatally shot during a suspected incident of robbery at a restaurant where he worked. He died shortly after being taken to a hospital on Friday.

Kansas City police announced a USD 10,000 reward for information leading to the suspect and released a brief video of the suspect inside the restaurant moments before the shooting.

After engineering the 26-year-old who hailed from Warangal town was employed at a software firm in Hyderabad before moving to the US to pursue higher studies.

Sharath’s father Ram Mohan, who is employed in BSNL, had appealed to foreign minister Sushma Swaraj and Telangana’s NRI minister KT Rama Rao to help bring the body home.

The incident comes a year after another Indian techie from Hyderabad, Srinivas Kuchibhotla, 32, who was killed at a bar in Kansas City in what looked like a racially motivated hate crime.

A US Navy veteran, Adam W Purinton, shot Srinivas Kuchibhotla dead on February 22, 2017, after shouting ‘get out of my country’.

In May, he was sentenced to life.


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