The body of an Indian engineer gunned down in an apparent race attack in the United States will arrive at his home in Hyderabad on Monday evening, a state minister in Telangana has confirmed.
Srinivas Kuchibhotla, 32, was killed and his colleague Alok Madasani wounded on Wednesday evening by a white man. The killer allegedly thought the duo was from west Asia and reportedly yelled, “Get out of my country” before shooting them at a bar in Olathe, Kansas.
Srinivas’ body will arrive at Hyderabad by an Air India flight at 9.45pm, accompanied by his wife Sunayana Damala and other relatives, Telangana minister for non-resident Indian affairs KT Rama Rao told IANS.
Damala has said she plans to return to the United States to fulfill her husband’s wishes of becoming successful in any field she chose.
The shooting has sent shockwaves among the Indian immigrant community with many saying they lived in apprehension of a repeat, especially in light of the divisiveness sweeping the US after the presidential election.
Authorities are investigating whether the killing was a hate crime.
(With inputs from IANS)