WARANGAL: Family members and friends bid an emotional farewell to Mamidala Vamshi Chander Reddy, who was shot dead at Milpitas in Santa Clara county of California on last Sunday. Vamshi’s father M Sanjeeva Reedy lit the funeral pyre. Union minister of state for labour and employment Bandaru Dattatreya and several local peoples’ representatives paid homage to Vamshi.
Earlier, Vamshi’s body arrived around 2.45 am at Shamshabad airport from the US and reached his native village Vangapahad around 8.45 am. Heartbreaking scenes were witnessed at the residence where his mother Rama broke down as soon as she saw the coffin of her son. Relatives tried to control her but she hugged the coffin. Fighting back tears, his father tried to console her.
Later speaking to media, Rama said the US government should take steps to provide security to Indian students. “What has happened to Vamshi, no other students and youth should face. We send our children to the US for higher studies. It is the duty of the US authorities to provide security to our children. My son was killed due to the hate campaign by President Donald Trump,” she lamented.
“It is difficult to come to terms with life without him. We will miss him more than words can express. My son was intelligent and extremely hardworking. He did us proud by becoming the first one in the family to study in the US,” Sanjeeva Reddy said.