Mother of slain Indian told him to leave US if in danger

Madhusudhan Rao grieves while performing rituals on the body of his son Srinivas Kuchibhotla, a 32-year-old engineer who was killed in an apparently racially motivated shooting in a crowded Kansas bar, at a crematorium in Hyderabad, India on Feb 28. (AP)

The mother of an Indian engineer who was killed in an apparently racially motivated shooting in an American bar said she asked her son to come back to India if he felt threatened in the United States, but he said he was not in any danger. Srinivas Kuchibhotla’s mother wailed Tuesday as her son’s body was cremated in his hometown of Hyderabad, in the capital of Telangana state. “I had asked him to return to India if he was feeling insecure there. But he used to say he was safe and secure,” Parvatha Vardhini said.

Now she wants her younger son and his family to come home. “I will not allow them to go back,” she said. “My son had gone there in search of a better future. What crime did he commit?” Hundreds of grieving relatives and friends tearfully mourned the 32-yearold who came to the US in 2005 to pursue a master’s degree at the University of Texas at El Paso.

Adam Purinton of Olathe was arrested at a bar in Missouri after telling a bartender that he shot two people he described as Iranian. He remains jailed on murder and attempted murder charges. The White House on Tuesday condemned a shooting attack in a Kansas bar that left one Indian man dead and another wounded as an apparent act of “racially motivated hatred.” After criticism that Donald Trump had not spoken about the attack — which happened a week ago — the White House said president did indeed condemn the attack. (Agencies)

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