Indian student shot dead in US

Indian student shot dead in US

An Indian student from Andhra Pradesh has been shot dead during a robbery at a convenience store in the US, his family and US media reports said on Sunday.

Elaprolu Jayachandra, 22, was killed by unidentified robbers early on Sunday at the store in Pasadena in Texas where he was working. He was shot five times, “the Houston Chronicle” reported.

The incident happened when a man in a ski mask shot Jayachandra and took the cash register, Pasadena police spokesman Bud Corbett was quoted as saying by the paper. A manager at the store, Ali Kahn, said the victim had been working at the store for less than a month.


His family in Andhra Pradesh received the shocking news from his friends late Saturday night. The incident took place between 2 am and 3 am local time on December 25.
Jayachandra, who had gone to the US in July and was doing his masters in computers, had taken up a part-time job as a clerk at the gas station store only a month ago.

A pall of gloom has descended on the house of Jayachandra in Vijayawada city in Krishna district, about 300 km from here.Relatives and friends poured in to console Jayachandra’s parents and family members.

“We were told that a black man barged into the gas station, shot at my son and escaped with the money. But we also received another version that the man was not black.

Whoever he may be, he is a criminal,” an inconsolable Nageswara Rao, Jayachandra’s father, told reporters in Vijayawada.

Police there were looking for two assailants and distributed the surveillance video from the store to local media outlets in an attempt to find witnesses, the newspaper said.

Shot through

The CCTV footage obtained by the police showed a masked man entering the gas station, shooting the clerk and taking away the cash register.

Jayachandra was able to get behind a door that opened to a small office behind the counter. However, he appears to have been shot through the door.

The family said Jayachandra’s body would be flown home in couple of days. The Telugu Association of North America has promised to help the family in making the arrangements.

Jayachandra’s murder is the latest in a series of incidents involving Telugu students and professionals. As many as 12 Telugu students and techies were murdered in the US during the last three years.

In June this year, Adarsh John, who was doing masters at Texas University, was found murdered by unidentified people. In March, 28-year-old Prashanth Goinaka was shot dead by unidentified robbers at a store in Oklahoma. He was an MBA student at International Technological University in California and had taken up a part-time job.

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