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Another Indian-origin student found dead in US; 4th since 2024 started

The Indian consulate general in New York said no foul play was suspected as it expressed grief over the incident. It was the fourth death of an Indian-origin student in the US this year.

Shreyas Reddy Benigeri (Picture: LinkedIn)

By: Shubham Ghosh

YET another incident of death of an Indian-origin student has been reported from the US on Thursday (1). Nineteen-year-old Shreyas Reddy Benigeri, who was a student at the Lindner School of Business in Cincinnati the state of Ohio, was found dead. The Indian consulate general in New York expressed grief over the incident and while it said that police investigation was underway, no foul play was suspected at this stage.

The cause of Benigeri’s death was not immediately clear.

In a post on X on Thursday, the consulate said, “Deeply saddened by the unfortunate demise of Mr. Shreyas Reddy Benigeri, a student of Indian origin in Ohio. Police investigation is underway. At this stage, foul play is not suspected. The Consulate continues to remain in touch with the family and is extending all possible assistance to them.”

Read: Indian student in US found dead after mother reported him missing

Benigeri had an American citizenship and an Overseas Citizenship of India, it was learnt. His parents are of Indian origin. His father reportedly received a visa from India’s Hyderabad and was expected to reach the US on Saturday (3). The deceased student’s funeral was likely to be held the same day.

The death of Benigeri marked the fourth such instance in this year which is just a month old.

Read: Indian consulate in Atlanta condemns student’s brutal murder with hammer

In January, 25-year-old Vivek Saini was fatally attacked by a homeless drug addict in Lithonia in the state of Georgia. The accused, Julian Faulkner, allegedly hit the Indian student repeatedly with a hammer inside a convenient store despite the fact that the latter had helped him with food and warm clothes. A video of the incident also went viral.

Neel Acharya, another Indian student at Purdue University in Indiana, was also found dead on the campus after his mother had raised an alert over him going missing.

Teenage student Akul B Dhawan of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign was also found dead in January with signs of hypothermia.

He reportedly went missing on January 20 and was found dead almost 10 hours later on the back porch of a building near the university campus.

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