Reuters - Video

Edition: US | UK | IN | CN | JP

video Top News

'He did not deserve a death like this': wife of Kansas victim

Saturday, February 25, 2017 - 01:43

The wife of the Indian man shot and killed in a Kansas bar Wednesday night says her husband came to the U.S. with big dreams. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

▲ Hide Transcript

View Transcript

ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION). STORY: The wife of the Indian man shot and killed in a Kansas bar told reporters on Friday that her husband 'did not deserve a death like this'. "We made Kansas our home," Sunayana Dumala, wife of Srinivas Kuchibhotla, said. "He wanted to do so much for this country." A white U.S. Navy veteran has been charged with killing Kuchibhotla, an engineer from India, and wounding two other men when he opened fire in a Kansas bar in what federal authorities were investigating on Friday as a possible hate crime that shocked the victim's home country. Adam Purinton, 51, was charged on Thursday in Johnson County, Kansas, with one count of premeditated first-degree murder and two counts of attempted premeditated first-degree murder, District Attorney Stephen Howe told reporters. If convicted of the state murder charges, Purinton faces a life sentence without eligibility for parole for 50 years, Howe said. Purinton is accused of killing Srinivas Kuchibhotla, 32, and wounding Alok Madasani, also 32, in Austins Bar and Grill in Olathe, Kansas, on Wednesday evening, police said. At least one bystander told the Kansas City Star the gunman shouted "get out of my country" before shooting the Indian victims. The shooting on Wednesday night led news bulletins in India and triggered outrage on social media, where people voiced concern that U.S. President Donald Trump's "America First" position on immigration and jobs has fueled a climate of intolerance. White House spokesman Sean Spicer said Friday that any loss of life was tragic, but it would be absurd to link the killing to Trump's rhetoric. Kuchibhotla was married but had no children.

Press CTRL+C (Windows), CMD+C (Mac), or long-press the URL below on your mobile device to copy the code

'He did not deserve a death like this': wife of Kansas victim

Saturday, February 25, 2017 - 01:43