Hyderabad: A 32-year-old doctor, Ramesh Kumar, a native of Chettikulangara in Alappuzha district of Kerala was found shot dead in his car in Detroit in the United States on Thursday.
Though relatives of Kumar, a physician in Michigan, do not believe it was a hate crime, the police are yet to zero in on what really happened.
According to media reports, Dr. Kumar, the son of Narendra Kumar, a former president of the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI), was found in the passenger seat of his car around 5 p.m. on Thursday.
An autopsy was conducted on Friday on the body of Kumar, who was a resident in urology at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan. The funeral will be on Monday, while a prayer service will be held at the residence of Dr. Narendra Kumar on Sunday at 11 am, reports in local papers said.
Dr. Kumar, who had graduated from the Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences in Kochi, had not shown up for work at the hospital on Thursday, following which Mani Menon, chief of the department, called his father. However, his father’s repeated calls and messages went unanswered, prompting Dr. Narendra Kumar to reach his son’s apartment. Dr. Kumar’s absence made his father call up the police, who found the car alongside a highway around 5 p.m.. The body was identified around 10.30 p.m., after which the police informed his parents.
Gary Hausbeck, who runs the Seung-ni Martial Arts and Fitness, said in a Facebook post that. Ramesh was his first student of Seung-ni.
“I looked forward to him coming to class every day and he always brightened my day and made me smile. He is surely in Heaven and will be missed but never forgotten,” Hausbeck wrote.