India pledged on Friday to pay for the transport of the mortal remains of Srinivas Kuchibhotla, the 32-year-old Indian-American engineer who was killed in an apparent race attack at a bar in suburban Kansas City.
The government also rushed two officials to meet the families of Kuchibhotla and his colleague and friend Alok Madasani, who was injured in the bar shooting but has been discharged from hospital.
I am shocked at the shooting incident in Kansas in which Srinivas Kuchibhotla has been killed. My heartfelt condolences to bereaved family.— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) February 24, 2017
“We will provide all help and assistance to the bereaved family… I have assured all help and assistance,” foreign minister Sushma Swaraj wrote on Twitter.
Consul RD Joshi and vice-consul Harpal Singh arrived in Kansas City from Houston and Dallas, and met the families and other community members.
“I have spoken to the father and Mr.K.K.Shastri brother of Srinivas Kuchibhotla in Hyderabad and conveyed my condolences to the family,” Swaraj said.
Many bar patrons told local newspapers that the alleged shooter shouted “Get out of my country” before opening fire at the two Indians, who hail from Hyderabad and Warangal. They were working at Garmin in Olathe.
Originally from Hyderabad, Kuchibhotla was a B. Tech in electrical and electronics engineering from the Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University. He had a master’s degree from the University of Texas, El Paso. Madasani graduated from Vasavi College of Engineering in 2006, and came to the US as a Master’s student at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.