Sun, 26 Dec 2010 20:00:59 GMT

Indian student killed in US

Hyderabad/Washington: A 22-year-old Indian student hailing from Andhra Pradesh, who was working part time at a convenience store in the US, was shot dead by robbers, his family and US media reports said on Sunday.

Elaprolu Jayachandra was shot five times by unidentified robbers early Saturday at the store in Pasadena in Texas, the Houston Chronicle reported.

The incident occurred when a man in a ski mask shot Jayachandra and took the cash register, Pasadena police spokesman Bud Corbett was quoted as saying.

A manager at the store, Ali Kahn, said the victim had been working at the store for less than a month.

Jayachandra's family in Andhra Pradesh received the shocking news from his friends late on Saturday night. The incident took place between 2 a.m. and 3 a.m. local time Dec 25.

Jayachandra, who had gone to the US in July and was doing his Masters in computers, had taken up part-time job as a clerk at the gas station store only a month ago.

A pall of gloom has descended on the house of Jayachandra in Vijayawada city in Krishna district, about 300 km from Hyderabad. Relatives and friends poured in to console Jayachandra's parents and family members.

"We were told that a black man barged into the gas station, shot at my son and escaped with the money. But we also received another version that the man was not black. Whoever he may be, he is a criminal," an inconsolable Nageswara Rao told reporters in Vijayawada.

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