Indian graduate student in California shot dead on Thanksgiving Day

 Abhishek Sudhesh Bhat Facebook photo

Abhishek Sudhesh Bhat, who was pursuing his Masters degree in Computer Science from California State University (CSU) in San Bernardino, was shot dead on Nov. 28 by an unknown assailant.

According to news reports in the Indian media, Bhat, 25, originally from Mysore, had been working part time at a hotel nearby and was wrapping up his work on Nov. 28 evening when he was killed.

Meanwhile, a report in The Sun says that a 42-year-old San Bernardino man, identified as Eric Devon Turner was arrested on Nov. 30 on suspicion of shooting to death of Bhat. Sgt. Albert Tello of the San Bernandino police told The Sun that suspect had fled on foot, but was identified by police and later turned himself in on Nov. 30 morning. Why he shot Bhat was not immediately known.

He had completed a Bachelor of Engineering in Computer Science from Vidya Vikas Institute of Engineering and Technology in Mysore, and had moved to the U.S. around 18 months ago to pursue his masters.

According to his Facebook profile, Bhat was also working as a teaching assistant of Dr. Ernesto Gomez for the Computer Science Class - CSE320.

He is survived by his parents; father Sudesh Chand is a yoga instructor at the Upanishat Yoga Centre in Kuvempunagar in Mysore, and his mother, Nandini Aithal, is a housewife.

According to the Indian Express, the family had received a call at around 11.30 pm on Nov. 28 night telling them that there had been a shooting, however no further details were disclosed. A few minutes prior to that, Chand had spoke with his son and also received a WhatsApp message from him. The family subsequently received a call at 5.30 am informing them of their son’s demise.

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