Sameer Kamath, 23 year old doctoral student found dead in Purdue


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Lafayette, IN 

It’s not a piece of good news coming from US as another Indian-origin student was found dead, in a series of unfortunate incidents happening this year. Sameer Kamath, a doctoral candidate at Indiana’s Purdue University, was found dead.

Sameer Kamath’s body was discovered around 5 PM at Crow’s Grove Nature Preserve, according to Warren County Coroner Justin Brummett. Kamath, who had completed his master’s degree in mechanical engineering at Purdue in August 2023, was pursuing further studies in the same department. The coroner’s office said that Kamath held US citizenship.

Kamath is the fourth Indian-American student who has been found dead in US in less than two weeks.

The 23-year-old had completed his master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering in August 2023. He was set to complete his doctoral program in 2025.

A forensic autopsy would be conducted today, and the report released soon, officials said. The incident comes just days after another Indian-origin student studying at Purdue University, Neel Acharya, was found dead. His body was found on the campus grounds after his mother filed a missing complaint.

His mother, Gaury, had also sought help on social media to find him, revealing that Neel was last seen by an Uber driver who dropped him off at the campus.

Last week, 19-year-old Shreyas Reddy was found dead in Ohio. Authorities ruled out any foul play or a possibility of a hate crime in the case.

Vivek Saini, pursuing an MBA in Georgia’s Lithonia, died on January 16 after he was attacked by a homeless man. Saini was attacked when he refused to provide free food to the man. Faulkner allegedly struck the student 50 times, leading to Saini’s death.

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