Mom of Slain Indian Man Hopes Other Son Leaves US

'I want him and his family to return to Hyderabad for good'
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 28, 2017 9:13 AM CST
Mom of Slain Indian Man Hopes Other Son Leaves US
Adam Purinton appears by closed circuit TV in court from the Johnson County detention center Monday in Olathe, Kansas.   (Jill Toyoshiba/The Kansas City Star via AP, Pool)

The mother of an Indian engineer shot to death in a Kansas bar is not just grieving for her son but worried about his younger brother. He, too, is working in the US, and his mother, Parvatha Vardhini, wants him to come home for his own safety. “I will not allow my younger son to go back to the US again," she says, per the Hindustan Times. "I want him and his family to return to Hyderabad for good.” Her older son, 32-year-old Srinivas Kuchibhotla, was killed last week by a gunman who witnesses say shouted, "Get out of my country," in the bar in the Kansas City suburb of Olathe. Adam Purinton, 51, has been arrested in the shooting, which also injured one of Kuchibhotla's friends, also Indian, as well as a bar patron who tried to intervene.

Police say Purinton drove about 70 miles to an Applebee's in Missouri afterward and confessed the shooting to the bartender. Except, he seemed to believe he had shot Iranians, reports the AP, citing a 911 call. In it, the bartender says Purinton came in, claimed to have done something "really bad," and asked to hide out. "Well, I finally got him to tell me and he said, like, that he shot and killed two Iranian people in Olathe.” The mother of Kuchibhotla, whose body was being cremated in India on Tuesday, says she had worried about him. "I had asked him to return to India if he was feeling insecure there," she recalls. "But he used to say he was safe and secure." (Read more India stories.)

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