Nearly $227,500 has been pledged for the family of an Indian-origin IT engineer who was shot dead in a bar in the US state of Kansas by a navy veteran who believed he was from the Middle East.
Srinivas Kuchibhotla, 32, who worked for GPS-maker Garmin, died in hospital after he was shot by Adam Purinton at Austins Bar & Grill in Olathe city. His colleague, Alok Madasani, 32, was injured in the shooting. Purinton reportedly told the two men to “get out of my country” before he began firing.
A GoFundMe page set up for Kuchibhotla’s family by his former colleague Kavipriya Muthuramalingam raised $227,401 from more than 6,100 people in about six hours. The original goal for the page was $150,000.
Muthuramalingam had worked with Kuchibotla at Rockwell Collins in Cedar Rapids. All proceeds from the GoFundMe campaign would go to his widow Sunayana and will be used to take his body back to India.
The post on the page said: “Srini was the kindest person you would meet, full of love, care and compassion for everyone. He never uttered a word of hatred, a simple gossip, or a careless comment. He was brilliant, well mannered and simply an outstanding human being.
“His wife Sunayana and his family are now faced with incredible grief and a multitude of expenses.
“We’ve set up this fund to help them with the funeral expenses and other ongoing grief/recovery support costs. 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.”
Another GoFundMe page – set up for Madasani and Kuchibhotla by Brian Ford, who said he lived about 15 minutes away from the site of the shooting in Olathe – received pledges for $32,660 against a goal of $50,000.
“Alok Madasani and Srinivas Kuchibhotla, both employees at Garmin, were enjoying their evening at a local sports bar in Olathe, KS when they were confronted with racist, bigoted remarks and ultimately shot as part of what appears to have been a vicious hate crime,” Ford wrote.
“Madasani will likely face extensive medical bills and the family of Kuchibhotla will now have to deal with the death of their beloved son, both financially and emotionally…Let’s send a message that we will support those who are targeted – and stand against all who wish to spread hate – by raising funds to help the victims of this horrendous act of senseless violence,” he said.
Ford said he was motivated to start the page “the morning after the shooting because I couldn’t find a way to donate to the two men who were targeted”. All funds would be handed over to the families of the victims.
The sisters of Ian Grillot, a white man who was injured when he tried to intervene during the shooting, also set up a GoFundMe page for her brother. The page received pledges for more than $99,000 against a goal of $100,000.
“Ian thought all rounds were done and tried to go after the man. This resulted in Ian being shot.
He’s going to have a lengthy recovery road and is already worried about how he will afford it which is the last thing he needs. Ian thought all rounds were done and tried to go after the man. This resulted in Ian being shot.
He’s going to have a lengthy recovery road and is already worried about how he will afford it which is the last thing he needs.Ian thought all rounds were done and tried to go after the (shooter). This resulted in Ian being shot. He’s going to have a lengthy recovery road and is already worried about he will afford it, which is the last thing he needs,” the page said.