24-Year-Old Indian Student From Andhra Pradesh Dies of Gunshot Wounds in Ohio

Saiesh Veera, a Masters student, used to work at a fuel station and died at a local hospital after a gunshot wound.

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Saiesh Veera, a 24-year-old Indian Master's student from Andhra Pradesh, died of gunshot wounds, in an alleged shooting at a fuel station in the United States' Ohio.

Veera used to work at the fuel station, which is located in Ohio's capital of Columbus.

In a notification, the police said:

"On April 20, 2023, at 12:50 AM, Columbus Police officers were dispatched to the 1000 block of W. Broad St. on a reported shooting. Upon arrival, the officers located an adult male victim, identified as SAIESH VEERA, M/O/24, suffering from a gunshot wound."

The statement added that Columbus Fire service personnel arrived at the scene and transported Veera to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 1:27 am local time, despite life-saving measures.

While the incident remains under investigation, the 24-year-old's next of kin have been informed of the unfortunate incident, officials said. An image of the suspect, who is currently at large, was also released.


Friends Remember Saiesh: A Passionate Cricketer

Rohit Yalamanchili, who is pushing for an online fund raiser programme to return Veera's body back to his home country, said that the deceased was pursuing a Master's degree and he got picked under the H1B visa scheme with his graduation just 10 days away.

Yalamanchili added that Veera was going to quit his work as a clerk at the fuel station in a few years, and moved to the US with aspirations to improve his family's life after the death of his father in 2021.

"He was always willing to help people in all situations and was such a sport on the cricket field. Every person who plays cricket in the Columbus area would know him, he was a brilliant cricketer and a great friend. I hope god brings peace to Saiesh, his mother, family, and friends who were touched by his soul."
Rohit Yalamanchili

After his demise, Saiesh’s roommate Venkat Nerusu remembered him as a passionate cricketer who wanted to work in the IT sector. An ABC6News report said Saiesh’s friends had played cricket with him hours before he was shot dead.

Following his demise, Saiesh's roommate Venkat Neurusu spoke to SBC6News and remembered Saiesh as a passionate cricketer who aspired to work in the IT Sector.

“Saiesh, he’s like a brother to everyone who plays cricket in Columbus... It's not even believable. It still after this many hours of going through this, it is, we cannot believe it’s true.”
Venkat Nerusu

Another roommate and cricket teammate Punith Ragupadhi told ABC6News that he had a chat with Saiesh about the danger of working in an overnight shift at the gas station.

Punith Raghupadhi, Saiesh's roommate and cricket teammate told ABC6News that he had warned Saiesh about the danger of working overnight in a gas station.

“He promised me to stop it, and he already told his gas station owner that I’m going to stop this work in two weeks. But, it was too late,” Punith said.

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