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‘WE DO BELONG HERE’ in America, declares Sunayana Dumala, widow of hate crime victim Srinivas Kuchibhotla

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Srinivas Kuchibhotla’s wife attends the State of the Union, launches campaign for immigrants in the US.

Sunayana Dumala with husband Srinivas Kuchibhotla (Courtesy of Facebook)

Sunayana Dumala, the widow of murdered Indian American tech professional Srinivas Kuchibhotla, attended President Donald Trump’s first State of Union address as a guest of Rep. Kevin Yoder, R-Kansas.

The 32-year-old, whose husband was shot dead in Kansas in a hate crime incident last year, also launched a campaign along with her employer Intouch Solutions, titled “Forever Welcome” to spread the message of unity and empathy.

Besides Yoder, Dumala also had meetings with lawmakers Tulsi Gabbard, Cathy McMorris, Patric McHenry and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan.

Journalist Christa Dubill, who accompanied Dumala to the US Capitol, shared details about her trip on twitter.

Launching the Forever Welcome campaign, Dumala shared an emotional and strong Facebook post starting with the question “Do WE BELONG???”

“This is the question I asked 11 months ago in my first Facebook post, days after my husband was taken from me. To my surprise, the post was widely spread and received an overwhelming response and outpouring of love and support,” she wrote.

The Forever Welcome initiative focuses on generating empathy and acceptance by sharing stories and contributions of past and present immigrants.

“WE DO BELONG HERE” – That is the answer I found in the last 11 months through the immense love and support that I received from all corners. And now I am spreading this same message through the Forever Welcome intiative,” she said adding that, “This is how I honor my beloved Srinu and continue to keep his legacy.”

Srinivas Kuchibhotla, 32, was killed and two others were injured by US Navy veteran Adam Puriton in a racially motivated gun shooting incident at a bar in Oalthe, Kansas, on the night of February 22, 2017. The Hyderabad native was working as an aviation programs engineer at the Kansas-based technology company Garmin International.

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