Soon after the Kansas bar shooting accused was booked on hate crime charges, Sunayna Dumala, wife of Indian-origin techie Srinivas Kuchibhotla who died in the incident, expressed her relief and satisfaction over the the decision on Friday. Speaking to a Kansas daily newspaper, Dumala said she heard what she was waiting since a long time. “The federal charges brought a lot of relief in my heart. I got to hear what I wanted to hear, I’m glad that things are moving fast,” the newspaper quoted her as saying.
Dumala further said she was greeted with a number of letters in her support, which made her feel strong with her decision to comeback to her suburban home in Olathe after finishing her husband’s funeral in India. Soon after her husband’s death, Dumala took to Facebook and through a post she had asked ‘Do we belong?’ In her recent conversation with the newspaper, Dumala answered her own question, saying that she had started to believe that she belonged to the country. “I was overwhelmed by the outpouring of support I received from different corners. It made us believe we do belong,” she added.
Dumala also said that there was still scope for a lot of improvement to eradicate hate-crimes from the country and she hoped that the federal trial against the accused would highlight the need to address dogmatism against foreign-born citizens in the United States. She also believes that the charges against the accused would curb increasing hate crime incidents in the country. “People can not just take everything for granted,” the newspaper quoted her saying.
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The main accused behind the killing of the Indian techie, Srinivas, and injuring two others at a suburban Kansas City bar on February 22 this year has been indicted on federal hate crime and firearms charges.
As per an AP report, the indictment by a federal grand jury against Purinton, 51, of Olathe, Kansas was made by the Acting Assistant Attorney General Thomas E Wheeler, II, head of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, and United States Attorney Thomas E Beall of the District of Kansas. Purinton faces a maximum penalty of death or life in prison. The Justice Department will determine at a later date whether, in this particular case, it will seek the death penalty.