R Sudhir Kumar, 31, quality assurance engineer with Toyota Corporation, was staying alone in a house in Norcross area. The local police has termed it a homicide.
Sudhir had been living in the US for the past eight years and was apparently killed for money. Dheeraj Kumar, Victim's brother said, "It might have happened a couple of days back. I got a call from my friend last night at 12: 30."
He is the second engineer from the state to die under suspicious circumstances in the US in less than a month and the eighth young person from AP to have been killed in that country in the last one and half years.
Akshay Vishal, an employee of the crisis-hit Satyam Computers, was shot dead by assailants in Arkansas on January 13.
A friend of Sudhir tried to call him up on Monday and Tuesday but the latter did not answer the phone.
“I went to his house and found his two cars in the garage," said his friend over phone from Atlanta. “I got suspicious and called police. They opened the door and found him lying dead."
His body has been shifted to a hospital for autopsy and police has launched an investigation. The Congress MLC, Padma Raju, a close relative of Sudhir, said he came home last month for Pongal celebrations.
The engineer hailed from Gudimala village in East Godavari district. Sudhir left for the US seven years ago. He did his engineering in Bangalore and MS in the US. The news of his death came as a shock to his parents, R Srirama Raju and Padmavathi, who are staying in Madhura Nagar in Hyderabad.
“We did not hear from him in the last couple of days," said his grieving father. “We contacted his close friend and he went to Sudhir"s residence and found his car at home. He informed the police and it came to light that my son was murdered. We don"t have other details."&13;
OneIndia News (WIth inputs from Agencies)