Grad student from India killed in an armed robbery in Kansas City

Sharath Koppu, a student at the University of Missouri in Kansas City was shot and killed Friday by a robber at J’s Fish and Chicken Market in the City of Kansas.

(Kansas City Police Department)

A “good student” from India was shot and killed while working behind the counter of a Missouri fast-food joint during a robbery, according to reports.

The stick-up man shot and killed Sharath Koppu, a 25-year-old master’s student at the University of Missouri in Kansas City, in the back at J’s Fish and Chicken Market in the City of Kansas city Friday, as Koppu was trying to run, the Kansas City Star reported Saturday.

“He had the same dreams just like everyone else, in the land of opportunity,” his cousin Raghu Chowdavaram said in an invitation on GoFundMe for funds to transport Koppu the body back to India, the paper reported.

“But everyone knows that life is about to take a big unfortunate on a fateful day of July 6, 2018,” Chowdavaram said.

UMKC Chancellor C. Mauli Agrawal said in an e-mail Saturday that Koppu was a gifted student who had many friends among the students and faculty,” KSHB-TV reported. He was working on a master’s degree in computer science.

Looking for a suspect of the robbery and murder of the 25-y.o. Sharath Kopuu at 5412 Prospect last night. Sharath was out of India and is a student at UMKC. The $10,000 reward for information that leads to the charges in this (and every KCMO murder)

— Kansas City Police (@kcpolice) on July 7, 2018

Kansas City police on Saturday released surveillance video in the restaurant of the suspected shooter, Fox4KC reported.

Koppu arrived in the US from Hyderabad, where he is a software engineer, the Financial Express India reported.


Last year, another Hyderabad techie, Srinivas Kuchibotla, was shot dead in a bar in the near of Kansas City in a suspected hate crime, the paper reported.

The killer was a white man, Adam Purinton, who witnesses said yelled “get out of my country” before opening fire, the Associated Press reported. A friend of Kuchibolta from India was injured in the shooting.

Purinton, 52, pleaded guilty to murder and in May he was sentenced to life in prison, according to reports.

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