Andhra student shot dead in US

December 26th, 2010 - 2:46 pm ICT by IANS  

Hyderabad, Dec 26 (IANS) A student hailing from Andhra Pradesh has been shot dead in the US by unidentified robbers, his family said.Elaprolu Jayachandra, 22, was shot dead by unidentified robbers at a gasoline bunk in Texas, according to information received by his family in Vijayawada.

The family received the shocking news from his friends late Saturday night. The incident took place between 2 a.m. and 3 a.m. local time Dec 25.

Jayachandra, who had gone to the US in July and was doing his Masters in computers, had taken up part-time job as a clerk at the gas station 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 told reporters in Vijayawada.

Jayachandra was reportedly shot five times and the police there are looking for two assailants.

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 members said Jayachandra’s body would be flown home in couple of days. Telugu Association of North America (TANA) 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.

In June this year, Adarsh John, who was doing Masters in Texas University, was found murdered by unidentified people.

In March, 28-year-old Prashanth Goinaka was shot dead by unidentified robbers at a convenience store in Oklahoma. He was studying MBA at the International Technological University at California and had taken up a part-time job.

As many as 12 Telugu students and techies were murdered in the US during the last three years.

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