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Two killed in an on-campus apartment late Thursday evening

By KIMBERLY VETTER & JORDAN BLUM
Advocate staff writers
Published: Dec 14, 2007 - UPDATED: 4:25 p.m.

Two LSU doctoral students from India were shot to death Thursday night in a university apartment building, LSU Chancellor Sean O’Keefe said at a news conference today.

The victims, Chandrasekhar Reddy Komma and Kiran Kumar Allam, were slain at the Edward Gay Apartments, near West Roosevelt Street, O’Keefe said. Both men were shot in the head, and one was bound, O’Keefe said.

While a joint team of LSU and Baton Rouge police officers are still investigating the motive for the killings, O’Keefe said the men “appeared to be targeted for reasons unknown.”

“This does not appear to be a random event,” O’Keefe said.

No arrests have been made.

Asked about a reported 2006 incident in which a chemistry student threatened one of the victims, LSU Police Maj. Lawrence Rabalais said that is one thing investigators are looking into. Rabalais said he wasn’t sure which of the victims was involved.

A memorial service for the two is set for 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. tonight in the LSU Student Union Ballroom. The public is invited to attend the service, which is sponsored by the LSU Indian Student Association.

Terry Bricker, professor of basic sciences, had Komma working in his laboratory about two years ago when he was still a new doctoral student.

“He was a really nice, really easy to get along with,” Bricker said. “He was quiet, but very, very interesting in learning about science. He got along well with his colleagues.”

Bricker said Komma eventually transferred to the laboratory of Professor Wayne Zhou, who declined comment, saying he was told not to do so.

Bricker said Komma recently passed his general exam to become a doctoral "candidate," which put him on the right track toward completing his degree.

“That was a milestone for him,” Bricker said, “which kind of makes this even more difficult to take.”

The men were killed Thursday in Allam’s campus apartment, O’Keefe said. The other victim, Komma, lived in an apartment off Burbank Drive, he said.

The crime was first reported to LSU Police as a medical emergency call about 10:37 p.m. Thursday.

After learning what happened, university officials sent out an emergency text message to the 8,000 LSU students, faculty and workers who had registered their cell phones with the university’s emergency text-message system, O’Keefe said.

But some of those people did not receive the message, he said. The company that runs the service is trying to find out what the problem was, he said.

University officials also sent out a broadcast e-mail to people at LSU and posted a message to the LSU Web site.

O’Keefe said serious consideration was given to putting the entire campus on lockdown after the shootings. But that was not done because “there was nothing to suggest there was a pattern here,” he said.

LSU doctoral student Sachin Chintawar of India, who lives in the Edward Gay Apartments, said he was “totally shocked” and feels unsafe on campus.

“Everybody is talking about moving,” said Chintawar, who was a nearby neighbor and acquaintance of Allam.

“There is not safety at all here,” said Chintawar, who first moved away from Tiger Manor because of safety concerns. “Off campus there is no safety. On campus there is no safety.”

Chintawar said dealing with crime is more difficult for international students because they are in foreign territory and far from home.

“It's making news at home (in India),” he said about the murders. “People are asking, ‘Is it worth your life to study here?’”

The incident almost certainly will scare some potential international students away from LSU, he said. Chintawar said he believes criminals sometimes target international students because they are seen as easy targets.

“They think we are safe bets for them,” Chintawar said, noting that his roommate was mugged and had his wallet stolen early in the fall. “They think we don't do anything but study, and we won't resist or anything.”

Gerard Braud, a crisis communications specialist who runs Mandeville-based Braud Communications, said LSU failed to properly practice its emergency communications systems, particularly the university's new mobile phone text messaging alert system, which partially failed when notifications were sent out to students, faculty and staff.

Braud said his daughter is an LSU student who is supposed to receive the text alerts but did not.

“She's pretty upset because she and her whole sorority house didn't get any notification,” Braud said. “My daughter was freaking out this morning because she didn't know what to do.”

Braud noted that less than a third of the campus is even registered to receive the text alerts. Students must be given more incentives from LSU to sign up, he said, even if it means giving them $5 gift cards.

Students were first notified via e-mail of the shootings more than 90 minutes after police responded. Braud argued that warnings to students should have been sent out within the hour.

LSU students are in final exams, which end tomorrow. No tests have been canceled because of the incident.

LSU is offering counseling to students. They can visit the Student Health Center, which is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., or call 225-578-8774 to speak to a counselor over the phone.


 

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great]

 

mysteryman2055
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What do you mean "Great"? You stupid a@#hole. Two innocent people died..your father did not get remarried. dude! you should be ashamed of yourself.
Samsara
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Exactly mysteryman!!  Da fug do we get these ignoramus' from who find someone else's death amusing?  Detroit, are you a fuggin maobadi or a member of the YCL who see the killings of innocent peeps as a sport (since you're so used to that shit back in Nepal)??  Get da hell outta here before you find a punch on your face through you monitor.  What an azzhole!!

BTW, condolences to the departed.  RIP

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May their soul rest in peace. May their family get strength to bear this loss.
sabaiko satru
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May their inncent soul rest with peace.
sabaiko satru
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May their innocent soul rest with peace.
Balbhadra
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what a feking moron @ Detroit. Khub muji deshbhakta hundo raicha. Tero muji favorite actor ( when you were growing up ) ko thiyo? Amitabh ki Sanjay dutt? Tero gharma muji kun channel herchan? Kun music sunchas tan? Muji ullu. Indian mare bhanera great bhanya muji gedelal? LSU ma tannai nepali haru chan. tan muji lai thaha chaina? Kunai Nepali ( fingers crossed ) ko durghatana hunda kunai indian le "great" bhanyo bhane ris uthdaina? Testai ho. May there souls rest in peace and may the culprits be nabbed!
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My heart goes to their family.May their soul rest in peace.

Here are some updates.

General Information

“Komma & Allam Support Fund” Created

12/14/2007 04:35 PM

LSU has established a support fund for the families of Chandrasekhar Reddy Komma and Kiran Kumar Allam, two international students killed on Dec. 13.

People wishing to donate to the “Komma & Allam Support Fund” can do so online at www.lsufoundation.org, or send checks, made payable to LSU Foundation, to 3838 West Lakeshore Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70808.

More information is available on the LSU Foundation Web site, www.lsufoundation.org.

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Related Information

Update on Double Homicide:
Indian Student Association to hold memorial service tonight, LSU Foundation Establishes Support Fund for Families

12/14/2007 04:42 PM

LSU Chancellor Sean O'Keefe addressed members of the media today at 11 a.m. to discuss new information on the double homicide that occurred last night at the Edward Gay Apartments on campus.

The victims, Kiran Kumar Allam, who lived at the Edward Gay Apartments, and Chandrasekhar Reddy Komma, who was visiting Allam at the apartments, were both Ph.D. students at LSU, attending school on student visas. Both men were married.

Allam, born in 1974, was from Hyderabad, India, and was studying chemistry.

Komma, born in 1976, was from Kurnool, India, and was studying biology.

At the request of the victims' families, LSU will not release photos of the two graduate students.

LSU PD is serving as the lead law enforcement agency in a task force that has been put together, which includes the Baton Rouge Police Department, the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office and Louisiana State Police, with assistance from the FBI. No new details of the investigation have been released at this time.

In addition, there is a heightened security presence on campus, with law enforcement officials being more visible than usual at the Edward Gay Apartments and other housing units on the northwest portion of the campus. Anyone with any information pertaining to this crime, no matter how big or small, is asked to call LSU PD at 225-578-3231.

The LSU Foundation has established the Komma & Allam Support Fund to assist the students' families. To contribute to the fund, donors should make checks payable to the LSU Foundation, 3838 West Lakeshore Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70808. For more information on the fund, call 225-578-3811.

Trained social workers and counselors from the LSU Mental Health Service are available for family and friends of the victims and for any members of the LSU community. For more information on counseling, call 578-3305 or 578-8774.

During the fall 2007 semester, LSU had a total of 1,468 international students enrolled at LSU, 332 of whom were from India. That 332 represents the largest group of international students from a single country at LSU this fall. LSU's total student enrollment for the fall semester was 28,019.

The Edward Gay Apartments have a total of 288 residents, 94 percent of whom are international students. Nicholson Apartments, which also house a majority of married and international students, have a total of 814 residents, 75 percent of whom are international students.

The Indian Student Association will be holding a memorial service for the two men in the Union Cotillion Ballroom from 8-10 p.m. tonight.

Update on Murders of LSU Students from BRPD

December 14, 2007, 6:26 p.m.

BATON ROUGE – A task force comprising the LSU Police Department, the Baton Rouge Police Department, Louisiana State Police and the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office has been assembled to investigate the murders of LSU graduate students CHADRASEKHAR REDDY KOMMA, 31, and KIRAN KUMAR ALLAM, 33.

From this point forward all media updates relating to the criminal investigation will be issued by the undersigned on behalf of the Task Force.

We are attempting to identify and locate three young black males who were seen hurriendly leaving the vicinity of the apartment where the murders occurred last night. The men got into a small to mid-size four door car, possibly occupied by a fourth person (driver).

The car was seen leaving the complex with its headlights turned out and headed south on Governor Claiborne before turning its lights back on and turning right (west) on Aster.

Anyone with any information on this vehicle or its occupants, or with other relevant investigative information, is urged to contact Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-7867.


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H2S
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fucl< you detroit.
kbhanchayobhai
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Sayad home Invasion ma parera mareka holan.When u get robbed and u don't cooperate, u are usually killed. May be this happened to those inocent Indian students. May their souls rest in peace in heaven. God bless America.
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R.I.P.
sabaiko satru
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This is a very sad news. It could happen to anybody, especially international students. So there is nothing to talk about nationality. Detroit should be reported to the police .
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