Indian Student, Who Was Stabbed In Head At US Gym, Dies

New Delhi: An Indian student who was stabbed at a fitness centre in the US state of Indiana 10 days ago, has succumbed to his injuries, informed the university where he was studying.

The 24-year-old Varun Raj Pucha, a Computer Science student at Valparaiso University, was stabbed in the head with a knife by Jordan Andrade at a public gym on October 29, reported PTI.

“It is with heavy hearts that we share the passing of Varun Raj Pucha. Our campus community has lost one of its own, and our thoughts and prayers go out to Varun’s family and friends as we mourn this devastating loss,” Valparaiso University, a private university near Chicago, said in a statement on Wednesday.

The 24-year-old assailant, who was arrested after the attack, is facing charges of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and attempted murder.

Authorities are still investigating the motive or reason behind the fatal assault.

“The university continues to be in contact with Varun’s family, and we will continue to offer assistance and support wherever possible as they navigate this extremely difficult time. We ask that you join us in keeping them in your thoughts and prayers,” the university said.

The university has planned a service of remembrance and memorial for Varun, from Telangana’s Khammam, at the its campus on November 16.

Varun, who went to the US in August 2022, was pursuing an MS in Computer Science, and was expected to return home after completion of his course next year.

Anile Balleboyne, one of the deceased’s relatives in the US, said Varun came to Indiana to get a good education.

“It’s very difficult because no one would expect this kind of situation for their kids. He came with many dreams, to financially and emotionally support his family,” Balleboyne said.

The North American Telugu Society has raised more than $90,000 through GoFundMe for Varun’s family.

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