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Funeral of Minal, Logonathan held

Family and friends pay rich tributes to Minal and Prof GV Loganathan, at funeral services where the last rites have been performed.

world Updated: Apr 22, 2007 09:57 IST

Family and friends paid rich tributes to Minal Panchal and Prof GV Loganathan, the two Indians killed in the gruesome shooting incident in Virginia Tech University, at funeral services where the last rites were performed.The funeral services were held on Saturday.

Offering his "deep condolences" to the family members of Minal, the Ambassador of India to the United States, Ronen Sen observed that, "Such a young life taken away so soon". The Ambassador also read out a message sent to the bereaved family of Panchal from Congress Party President Sonia Gandhi.

"At a time of such pain and anguish, words are of little consolation. But I just want to tell you that I share your grief," Gandhi said in her letter.

"Your beautiful brave Minal with her idealism, talent and dedication would sure have achieved great success in whatever she took up. It is heartbreaking that her life was cut short at this young age, when she had so much to live for, so much to give to the world," Gandhi added.

"For a parent there is no pain greater than losing a child and I pray that you and your family find the strength to bear the terrible loss," she said.

"Minal touched us all with her dedication," said Prof Jack Davis, the Dean of Architecture and Urban Studies at the Virginia Tech. "We share in your great loss," Davis, who was accompanied by two other faculty members from the University, said.

At around the time Minal's last journey was being mourned, the funeral services were also held at Blacksburg, Virginia for Prof GV Loganathan, an Indian American Professor also killed in the same incident.

In a message to Mrs Usha Loganathan, the Congress President praised the departed Professor as being a "brilliant teacher" who was greatly respected and loved by his students and colleagues.

"... I share your grief with all my heart. You and your daughters are in my thoughts and prayers," Gandhi wrote to Mrs Loganathan.

"He lived a life filled with honor, achievement and dignity and he will live on in the hearts of all those who knew and loved him. India will always honour his memory," Gandhi said.