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Police arrest suspect in Indian man’s murder in US

Dasari Gopikrishna was fatally shot at the convenience store in Pleasant Grove, Dallas

Police arrested Davonta Mathis, 21, for murdering Dasari Gopikrishna. (Photo for representation: iStock)

By: Pramod Thomas

POLICE in Texas, US, have arrested a man in connection with the killing of a 32-year-old Indian national during a robbery at a convenience store in Dallas.

Dasari Gopikrishna, who came to the US only eight months ago, was fatally shot at the convenience store in Pleasant Grove, Dallas, on June 21. He hailed from the Yajali village of the Bapatla district in Andhra Pradesh.

Police have arrested 21-year-old Davonta Mathis for murdering Gopikrishna. He faces capital murder charges for fatally shooting the Indian multiple times, including in the head.

During the robbery, Mathis walked into the store, approached the counter and shot Gopikrishna. He stole items before running away, police said.

The victim was taken to the hospital in critical condition and later died.

Mathis was originally arrested and charged with robbery, but the charge was upgraded to capital murder because of Gopikrishna’s death. His bond is set at $7.5 million.

Sargent Curtis Phillip of the Mesquite Police described Mathis’ behaviour as “very bizarre,” noting the significant impact of his decisions at such a young age.

Mathis is also charged in a separate fatal shooting in Waco city on June 20. He shot Muhammad Hussain, 60, multiple times, who died from injuries at the hospital.

Meanwhile, the Indian consulate is finalising arrangements with Gopikrishna’s family to repatriate his body, officials said.

Representatives from the Telugu Association of North America (TANA) and family friends are collaborating with the consulate to facilitate the transportation of the body to his hometown in India.

The consulate has confirmed that all police autopsies and necessary formalities have been completed, and they are prioritising the shipment of the body by Tuesday (25).

Gopikrishna’s murder has deeply affected the Indian community in Dallas and surrounding areas. He is survived by his wife and son.

(PTI)

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