Kansas shooting: Last rites of engineer Srinivas Kuchibhotla to be performed today

By: | Published: February 28, 2017 7:50 AM

His mortal remains reached Hyderabad late on Monday night. Kuchibhotla was killed when 52-year-old Adam Purinton, walked into Austins Bar and Grill in the Kansas City suburb of Olathe and opened fire on Wednesday evening.

Kansas, kansas shooting, kansas racial attack, indian killed in kansas, indian killed kansas, kansas hate crimeIndian techie Srinivas Kuchibhotla was killed in a racist attack in Kansas. (Source: IE image)

The last rites of engineer Srinivas Kuchibhotla, who was shot dead in the United States will be performed on Tuesday. His mortal remains reached Hyderabad late on Monday night. Kuchibhotla was killed when 52-year-old Adam Purinton, walked into Austins Bar and Grill in the Kansas City suburb of Olathe and opened fire on Wednesday evening. Kuchibhotla’s friend, Alok Madasani, and Ian Grillot, a bar-goer who tried to intervene in the attack, were also shot, but survived. Witnesses told local media they heard the suspect yell, “Get out of my country.” Meanwhile, the FBI has launched an investigation to determine whether the shooting was a hate crime.

Purinton has been charged with one count of premeditated first-degree murder and two counts of attempted premeditated first-degree murder. However, the White House has attempted to downplay notions that there was any correlation between the incident and President Donald Trump’s stance on immigrants. Noting that the incident was tragic indeed, White House spokesperson Sean Spicer asserted that it was “absurd” to draw parallels between with the President’s rhetoric. “Obviously, any loss of life is tragic, but I’m not going to get into, like, to suggest that there’s any correlation I think is a bit absurd. So I’m not going to go any further than that,” Spicer said. However, the relatives of Kuchibhotla held the recent election of Trump as President as the reason for this incident.

Noting that the incident was tragic indeed, White House spokesperson Sean Spicer asserted that it was “absurd” to draw parallels between with the President’s rhetoric. “Obviously, any loss of life is tragic, but I’m not going to get into, like, to suggest that there’s any correlation I think is a bit absurd. So I’m not going to go any further than that,” Spicer said. However, the relatives of Kuchibhotla held the recent election of Trump as President as the reason for this incident.

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Telangana Transport Minister Mahender Reddy and some leaders of ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) were also present at the airport to receive the body. The Ministry of External Affairs has made arrangements to bring the mortal remains. Police had made elaborate security arrangements at the airport and media persons were barred from the cargo terminal. The last rites will be performed Tuesday at Jubliee Hills, family members said.

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