US police investigating killing of third Indian in two months
The Montgomery Police Department in Alabama is investigating the shooting death of a Malayali woman, the third Indian to be killed in the US in less than two months, according to media reports.
Details remain limited, but police and fire medics responded to the 3700 block of Seaton Boulevard, near the Sturbridge Apartments, around 8:20 am Monday on reports of a person having been shot, local WSFA reported.
On the scene, first responders found the unnamed woman, who was pronounced dead on the scene.
While the US police did not release any other information in connection to the ongoing investigation, Indian media reports identified the victim as Mariam Susan Mathew, a native of Thiruvalla. She was 19.
Mathew was hit by bullets from the gun of an occupant on the upper floor of her house, India.com reported citing Fr Johnson Pappachan, of Malankara Orthodox Church Diocese of South-West America, in a release,
The bullet passed through the ceiling of the building before it hit Mathew, Mathrubhumi newspaper reported identifying the alleged killer as her neighbor.
The body will be brought to Kerala after keeping for public homage, the newspaper said.
Daughter of Boban Mathew and Bincy of Edapally Parambil Veettil, Mariam has two brothers, Bimal and Basal. Boban Mathew is the Diocesan Council member of Ahmedabad Diocese of Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church.
Read: Hate Crimes against Indian Americans continue to rise: FBI (September 9, 2021)
She is the third Indian to be shot dead in the US during the last one and a half months, Mathrubhumi said.
Earlier this month, another Keralite was shot dead by a robber in Dallas, it said. Sajan Mathews (56) alias Saji was running a beauty supply store in Dallas and was shot when a robber barged into his shop and fired at Saji.
Mathews, a native of Kozhencherry, migrated to the US from Kuwait in 2005. He was a member of the Dallas Sehion Mar Thoma church, Mathrubhumi said.