Another memorial service held for slain Indian students

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Washington, Dec 17 (UNI) Friends and family members held a second memorial meeting in Baton Rouge to mourn the death of two Indian doctoral students of Louisiana State University (LSU), even as the police continued to look for clues to their murder.

More than a dozen university administrators attended the ceremony yesterday along with students and local members of the Indian community. The first ceremony was held on Friday, the day after the killing.

Kiran Kumar Allam and Chandrasekhar Reddy Komma were found dead on Thursday night in Baton Rouge. Komma, who hailed from Kurnool in Andhra Pradesh, was a biology student, while Allam, who belonged to Hyderabad, was studying chemistry. Both men were married.

According to a Baton Rouge daily, officials from a five-agency task force created to handle the investigation resumed their conversations with the residents of Edward Gay Apartments where Allam (33) and Komma (31), were slain on Thursday.

Authorities also knocked on the doors of houses on Aster Street between Alaska Street and Nicholson Drive. Aster borders the Edward Gay Apartments complex to the south and is the main artery people use to enter and exit the complex.

The daily quoted Baton Rouge police spokesman Sgt Don Kelly saying that any information witnesses to a crime could provide would be appreciated. ''It (the information) may not be anything, but it might be key to solving the case.'' ''Authorities are looking for three 'young black males,' who were seen hurriedly leaving the vicinity of Allam's apartment at the Edward Gay complex on Thursday night,'' Sgt Kelly said.

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