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61-Year-Old Telangana Man Shot Dead by US Teen Days Before India Trip for Mom's Birthday

Sunil Edla was shot dead by the teenager while he was on his way to work the overnight shift.


Updated:November 18, 2018, 8:46 AM IST
61-Year-Old Telangana Man Shot Dead by US Teen Days Before India Trip for Mom's Birthday
Sunil Edla had been living in Atlantic County for 30 years and worked in the hospitality industry.

New York: A 61-year-old Indian man hailing from Telangana has been shot dead by a 16-year-old boy in the US state of New Jersey, media reports said on Saturday.

Sunil Edla, who was to travel to India this month to visit his mother for her 95th birthday and celebrate Christmas with family, was killed outside his apartment in Ventnor city on Thursday night, The Press of Atlantic City reported.

Known for playing piano during church services at Chelsea Community Presbyterian Church in Atlantic City, he was a resident of Atlantic County for 30 years and worked in the hospitality industry. He hailed from Medak district of Telangana and had migrated to the US in 1987.

An autopsy revealed that he died of multiple gunshot wounds, the report said.

The accused, whose name is being withheld due to his age, has been arrested from Egg Harbor City, Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G Tyner said Friday.

He was charged with murder, felony murder, robbery, carjacking, unlawful possession of a handgun and possession of a handgun for unlawful purpose.

Police believe the teen shot Edla and took his car. Atlantic City police found the vehicle later.

"He (Edla) was humble. He never argued. I helped him when he came to US in 1987. I was very close to him," his cousin Raj Casula was quoted as saying in the report.

On Thursday, Edla was leaving his home to work the overnight shift at the North Carolina Avenue Rodeway Inn in Atlantic City, his family said.

He started his car then went back in the house briefly. After walking back down the second-floor apartment stairs, he was shot on the sidewalk and left for dead, the report said.

Ventnor police Chief Doug Biagi said they have posted an officer in the neighbourhood "just to ease anybody's fears".

"Everyone was calling him and talking to him because he was leaving for India so soon. He had everything planned out for months... He was leaving on the 27th and he planned everything he was going to do in India for every day," Casula said.

His neighbour Fred Borsani said he did not hear the incident just two homes down, possibly due to the storm, the report added.

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