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Andhra engineer shot dead in US,8th in 15 months


Hyderabad: An Indian engineer from Andhra Pradesh was shot dead by unidentified assailants at Atlanta in the US in the eighth case of young students and professionals from the state being killed in the last 15 months.

R Sudhir Kumar (31), a native of West Godavari district, was killed at Atlanta, where he was working as a mechanical engineer with Toyota company, West Godavari district
superintendent of police, B Balakrishna said.

Kumar was reportedly killed for money, he said, but did not have details including when the incident happened.Kumar did his engineering course in the US eight years ago and was working with Toyota for the last four years, he said.

In a string of tragedies where ironically those hailing from AP met a violent end in the US in the last 15 months, software engineer N Akshay Vishal working with fraud-hit
Satyam Computers was shot dead by unidentified assailants in Arkansas on January 13 last.

Arpana B Jinaga, an IT engineer in Seattle, was found dead under mysterious circumstances in her apartment on November 3, 2008. An engineering student in Southern Illinois University T Soumya Reddy was found murdered in September last. Her cousin Vikram Reddy, also a software engineer in Chicago, was also found dead nearby.

A Srinivas, a post-graduate medical student was found murdered in Pennsylvania in March while A Kirankumar and K Chandrasekhar Reddy, both PhD students, were shot dead at Louisiana University in December 2007.

On November 16 last, Pulluri Shashank, a native of Warangal in AP, survived a violent attack by unidentified miscreants in Tennesse.

Akshay, who was holding MS degree from Alaska University, had gone to US four years ago.

His murder is the seventh case of students and professional from Andhra Pradesh being killed in the US during last 13 months.

Arpana B Jinaga, 24, a software engineer in EMC Corporation in Seattle, was found murdered in her apartment Nov 3.

Shashank Pulluru, studying MS at the Middle Tennessee State University, was shot and injured by some African Americans in Tennessee Nov 15 last year.

T Soumya Reddy, 23, pursuing MS in electrical engineering at the Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville campus, was found dead in a car near a lake in Chicago in September. Her cousin Vikram Reddy, 27, who was a software engineer in Chicago, was also found shot dead nearby.

Srinivas, a PG medical student from Karimnagar, was found murdered in Pennsylvania in March.

A. Kirankumar and K Chandrasekhar Reddy, both PhD students, were shot dead by intruders in their apartment at Louisiana University in December 2007.

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