Murder of Srini Kuchibhotla: Urge FBI/DOJ to Investigate as Hate Crime

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Srinivas Kuchibhotla, a 32-year-old aviation engineer originally from Hyderabad, India, was shot and killed at a bar in Olathe, Kansas on February 22, 2017, by a crazed and racist gunman who yelled "Get out of my country" to the victim and his friend, Alok Madasani, before opening fire on the men. A hero in the midst of this tragedy, Ian Grillot, was also severely injured in the shooting when he tried to stop this gunman. Donald Trump, ever so eager to tweet about every minuscule piece of criticism about him and lash out at any instance of critique about his administration and policies, has remained visibly silent throughout this ordeal and has yet to condemn this murder as a hate crime and offer a single piece of comfort to Srinivas's grieving widow and family.  

This WAS a hate crime, plain and simple, DIRECTLY fueled by the Trump Administration's blatant disregard for how racist, white nationalist, anti-immigrant and xenophobic rhetoric legitimatizes the actions of racist people like Adam Purinton  and causes them to commit an act as heinous as this. We urge the Trump Administration, the DOJ and the FBI to not only condemn this murder as a hate crime but to investigate this incident throughly as a hate crime and charge Adam Purinton to the fullest extent of the law so that we send a message to our fellow Americans that no human life should be worth less just because that person was a person of color, or not a citizen. Srinivas was an asset to this country and his life should not be forgotten. Let us fight for justice and get justice for Srinivas and his family. Public opinion does not charge or prosecute someone; the law does. But by indicating our frustration and voicing our concern, we encourage the federal authorities to leave no stone unturned and communicate our feelings about double standards in the delivery of justice. Please sign this petition and pass it along to your friends and family. 

~Vindhya Adapa 

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