"We stand with them in the face of this crime," Kansas Governor Sam Brownback said at a meeting with the Indian community, adding that the unique contribution of the Indian community makes the state a better place. "The hateful actions of one man don't define us. Kansas welcomes and supports Indian community," Mr Brownback tweeted shortly after the meeting on Thursday.
A recent spree of hate crimes seems to have fallen upon the people of Indian origin.
Today, a 39-year-old Sikh man was injured in the city of Kent in Washington today after an unidentified man shot him outside his home and allegedly shouted "go back to your own country". This comes shortly after 43-year-old Harnish Patel -- a store owner of Indian-origin -- was shot dead in his yard in Lancaster, South Carolina on Thursday.
The Kansas shooting sent shockwaves among the Indian-Americans across the country. It is being investigated as a hate crime by the Federal Bureau of Investigation
"The meeting with Governor Brownback and Lt Governor Colyer was very fruitful in my opinion," said Sridhar Harohalli, chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Indian Association of Kansas City, adding "The delegation got an assurance that this incident will be prosecuted effectively.
Governor Brownback's commitment help to get Mr Kuchibhotla widow Sunayana Dummala back to her home and career in Kansas was also heartening," Mr Harohalli said. A message sent through a family friend from Ms Dummala was also read out at the meeting.
With inputs from PTI
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