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Telangana student shot dead in US (Lead)

Sunday - July 8, 2018 8:44 am , Category : DIASPORA
 Telangana student shot dead in US (Lead)
Telangana student shot dead in US (Lead)
Kansas City July 8 (IANS) A 26-year-old student from Telangana was shot dead by a suspected robber at a restaurant here in the US state of Missouri police said.
Sharath Koppu a student at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UKMC) was shot at about 7 p.m. on Friday at J s Fish and Chicken Market near 54th and Prospect where he worked as a part-time employee The Kansas City Star local newspaper reported.
The police released a brief video of the suspect inside the restaurant moments before the shooting and asked for the community s assistance in identifying him.
Koppu was a software engineer who came to the US in January to pursue his master s degree.
Meanwhile Raghu Chowdavaram the victim s cousin created a GoFundMe account on Saturday to collect money to pay for the body to be returned to India.
It raised $25 000 in three hours.
"He had the same dreams like everyone else to make it big in the land of opportunity. He had a great sense of humour and always made people laugh and was always eager to lend a helping hand " Chowdavaram wrote in the GoFundMe account.
A worker at the restaurant told The Kansas City Star that the suspect wearing a brown shirt with white stripes had demanded money and pulled out a gun.
As people hid or ran for cover around him Koppu bolted directly away from the suspect towards the back of the store.
"(Koppu) ran so he shot him in the back " the worker said.
Koppu died after being taken to a hospital.
"We offer our sincere sympathies to Sharath s family and friends in the wake of this senseless tragedy " UMKC said in a statement on Saturday.
UMKC Chancellor C. Mauli Agrawal offered his own condolences in a tweet Saturday evening.
"Sharath and I share an Indian heritage but all of us at UMKC share in the grief such tragedies bring " Agrawal wrote.

--IANS ksk