In a heart-wrenching turn of events, 24-year-old Pucha Varun Raj, who had been pursuing a Master’s degree in Computer Science and had departed for the United States in August 2022, has tragically passed away. Varun Raj, originally from Mamilligudem in Khammam, was fighting for his life following a brutal attack in the US.
The incident occurred when Jordan Andrade allegedly stabbed Varun in the head at a public gym’s massage room, specifically the Planet Fitness Club, located in Valparaiso, Indiana. This shocking act of violence transpired on a Sunday morning, as reported by The Times of Northwest Indiana.
The distressing news has even reached the attention of the US State Department, prompting a statement expressing their deep concern and empathy. A State Department spokesperson conveyed, “We are deeply disturbed by reports of a brutal attack against Indian graduate student Varun Raj Pucha. We wish him a full recovery from his injuries. We defer to local law enforcement for any questions about this ongoing case,” as conveyed to ANI.
This tragic incident serves as a grim reminder of the need for safety and security measures, especially for international students pursuing their dreams abroad. Our thoughts and condolences go out to Varun Raj’s family and friends during this difficult time.
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