Bodies of 2 LSU students to send to AP

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Washington, Dec 19: Efforts are being made to send bodies of the two Indian students of Louisiana State University (LSU), who were found dead in an apartment near the campus on Thursday, to their native place in Andhra Pradesh.

According to reports, certain formalities are still to be gone through and it would take a couple of days to complete the procedure. Indian diplomats are in Baton Rouge to extend all possible help and expedite the process. Kiran Kumar Allam and Chandrasekhar Reddy Komma were found dead with gunshot wounds on Thursday night. Komma, who was from Kurnool in Andhra Pradesh, was a biology student. Allam, who was from Hyderabad was studying chemistry.

Both men were married. Komma's wife had already left for India. Alam's parents who are here are expected to leave for Hyderabad most probably today.

Meanwhile, LSU Chancellor Sean O'Keefe, in a statement, extended 'deepest condolences' to the families and friends of PhD students Komma and Allam for their loss.

''Many on campus and around the world consider the LSU community a part of their extended family. And, as any family would, we mourn as one over the tragic deaths of two men with the brightest of futures ahead of them,'' he said.

He said, ''We were all shocked by the senseless nature of this crime, and I assure everyone that LSU takes campus safety very seriously.'' In honour of the deceased, the LSU Foundation has established the 'Komma&Allam' support fund to help the young men's families.

Chancellor O'Keefe said, ''We realise that no amount of money can return Chandrasekhar and Kiran to their loved ones, but it is our sincere wish that, in some small way, this fund will help ease the burden for those family members who will carry the memories of these young men in their hearts forever.''


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