Murdered BU grad student was from India

RaoBU Today has identified the student found murdered early Thursday as Kanagala Seshadri Rao, a Graduate School of Management student.

Rao came to Boston in September to study for a master's in mathematical finance, according to his LinkedIn page.

Police have stepped up patrols in the area following his death, for which no arrests have yet been made.

The Hindustan Times talked to his father, who said he had no known enemies.

Condemning the incident, Odisha chief minister said: "I am deeply shocked by the brutal and savage killing of the young man studying in Boston. This is absolutely barbaric and horrible."

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      Hindustan Times

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      Reading the Hindustan Times article, it looks like the commenters on Indian newspaper websites are just as stupid as commenters on American newspaper websites.

      What I posted over there

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      In case it never gets approved by their moderator. It was in response to the comment that 32,000 people die by gun violence a year and they would be scared to step outside their apartment if they lived here:

      Hi, I'm an American and I live in the same neighborhood, within about 1 kilometer, of where this young man was killed. I have lived here for over 12 years now and have never once feared for my life. The violent crime rate (not only gun crimes) in this area is very low compared to other parts of the city of Boston and especially low compared to other parts of the United States.

      Also, your numbers are not correct. Only about 13,000 people were murdered in the United States in 2010 ( http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/datablog/2011/jan/1... ) and only 8,800 of those murders used a gun of some kind. (Over half of the 32,000 number you are quoting are suicides using a gun. These unfortunate deaths would happen whether a gun was used or not.) That is still far more murders by gun per person than most other countries and our gun laws are still too weak allowing the wrong people to obtain a gun. However, there are many more guns than that in the United States and most are not used to kill anyone ever in the lifetime of the gun.

      In Boston, we have all considered this death to be very tragic and unfair. The area he lived in is not one in which many people have ever been killed. It is mostly students from Boston University and Boston College living there; students are not likely to go around their neighborhood killing people. This is why this murder has been so shocking to all of us as well. I trust the Boston Police to determine who did this heinous act and bring them to justice. I wish the family peace in this time of need and hope anyone reading this can understand that we are as shocked, saddened, and outraged as you are because this is not representative of how we live and work together as a community in this neighborhood, city, state, or nation.

      Thanks for your research and compassion

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      The story is so heartbreaking. This student obviously worked hard and could have contributed so much to society. Hope the police find some strong leads and put the perpetrator(s) behind bars ASAP.

      Indeed it is ...

      ... it is also barbaric and horrible when it happens in India.

      In the US, your relative wealth doesn't shield you from such things.

      Say what???

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      Yes, because all of those gun deaths on Beacon Hill every year make it the murder capital of the world...

      As opposed to ...

      The ability of the wealthy in India to shield themselves from any poverty and strife using gated communities, gated business districts, gated malls and otherwise live life within the boundaries of areas that are heavily patrolled to exclude anyone without such wealth.

      The wealthy in the US do this as well - it is simply less possible and common in places like Boston.

      No it isn't. It's called

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      No it isn't. It's called moving to Wellesley.

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      Um no

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      Anyone is allowed to drive, or walk, to Wellesley. There are no gates, and the police are not allowed to profile people. Perhaps you didn't understand, huge difference.

      True.

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      There are no barriers to get into Wellesley. And it is a much more accessible wealthy suburb to the general public than some others one could name (and there are shops and restaurants - not to mention three colleges and office parks- that draw many people from outside the town). If you want to pick a wealthy town to mock about it's exclusivity and lack of accommodations, I would look to some towns nearby perhaps.

      And on a side note, if you move to Wellesley from out of state and you simply must tear down the old colonial that sits on your plot and build a brand new palace that goes right to the sidewalk? Please, for the love of God (and proper New England decency), enough with the pillars! This isn't South Carolina!

      The wealthy in India gate

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      The wealthy in India gate themselves in order to protect themselves from tuberculosis and bad water, not so much to protect themselves from violence.

      From what I've seen of India (only a week in Chennai), I'll admit, it is simply a gentler country.

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