The body of the deceased, Abhijit Mahato (29), who was doing his PhD on computational mechanics at the Dukes Pratt School of Engineering in Durham, was found in the 1,600 Block of Anderson Street by his friends and colleagues on Friday. The crime was noticed on Friday night at the apartment complex, several blocks south of the Duke campus. It is said that motive behind the shooting is still not known.
Abhijeet had last spoken to his parents on Wednesday and had mentioned that he had been very busy as his exams were round the corner. Abhijeet did his Bachelor in Engineering from Jadavpur University in Kolkata and M Tech from IIT, Kanpur. He was in his second year of studies in the US.
In a similar incident, two Indian doctoral students hailing from Andhra Pradesh were found shot dead in Louisiana State University campus at Baton Rouge on December 13.