Our heartfelt condolences go to the families of the victims of Shooting at a Kansas Bar this week ..
About the incident: Two Indians were caught in the crosscurrents of Donald Trump’s America in a Kansas bar-cum-grill on Wednesday evening when one American fired seven bullets at them after yelling “get out of my country”, and another tried to stop the gunman.
Srinivas Kuchibhotla, 32, was declared dead after he was brought to a hospital, while his friend, Alok Reddy Madasani, also 32, survived and was discharged today.
We applaud the courage of Sunayana Dumala, the young widow of the Indian man who was killed in shooting, for standing up in front of the global media demanding justice and answers. We hope the young widow, continues to get her voice heard and justice prevails!
The gunman, 51-year-old US navy veteran Adam Purinton, was on Thursday charged with premeditated first-degree murder and two counts of attempted premeditated first-degree murder. Bond has been set at $2 million.
The attack was probably the first major hate crime the Indian-origin community in the US has faced since Trump took oath as President after a campaign filled with rhetoric against immigrants. His victory had triggered worries of race attacks.
Donation and GoFundMe pages:
Srinu’s Family/Recovery Support – On February 22nd 2017, an intoxicated man hurling racial slurs opened fire inside a packed Kansas bar killing our dearest friend Srinivas Kuchibhotla. (Raised $601,245 of $150k goal – 26th Feb)
Madasani / Kuchibhotla Relief Fund – Alok Madasani and Srinivas Kuchibhotla, both employees at Garmin, were enjoying their evening at a local sports bar in Olathe, KS when they were confronted with racist, bigoted remarks and ultimately shot as part of what appears to have been a vicious hate crime. ($87,117 of $100k goal – 26th Feb)
Alok Madasani Medical Relief fund – My brother-in-law Alok Reddy, 32, is recovering from his wounds after being shot by a former US Navy veteran, an attack eyewitnesses said could be racially motivated. Alok’s 32-year-old friend, Srinivas Kuchibhotla, was killed in the Austins Bar and Grill in Olathe. Alok and Srinivas were in the bar to cool off and have a beer after work on Wednesday night when they were attacked. They didnt expect that they would fall victims to the violence happened that night. I am raising this campaign to provide financial support for my brother-in-law’s medical expenses. ($13,733 of $75k goal – 26th Feb)
Media reaction :
- Kansas shooting: More than $1M raised for kin of Srinivas Kuchibhotla, two other men injured in incident – India Today
- GoFundMe Raises Over $160,000 For Family Of Man Killed In Apparent Hate Crime – Huffington Post
- Kansas Shooting VICTIMS’ FUNDRAISERS RECEIVE MORE THAN $650,000 – inquisitr.com
- Stranger raises money for victims of Olathe shooting
- Random viewpoint: What are your thoughts on the shooting of Indians in the Kansas pub?