Kansas, a state of the United States, recognised 16 March as Indian-American Appreciation Day. The day was recognised to honour an Indian techie, Srinivas Kuchibhotla, who was killed in a racially-motivated hate crime in February 2017. Kuchibhotla was killed when a US Navy veteran Adam Purinton, 51, opened fire at him and his friend Alok Madasani on 22 February 2017 in Olathe. Madasani along with American national Ian Grillot were injured in the attack.
While declaring March 16 as the Indian-American Appreciation Day, Kansas Governor Sam Brownback said, the unique contribution of Indian community has made Kansas a better place. He asserted that the senseless act of violence will not divide or define the state and said the state of Kansas remains committed to standing with the Indian community. The state will always reject the acts of violence and harm.
Brownback, who issued a proclamation to this effect at an event in Topeka, the state capital, said that these actions can never overshadow our shared values. He also said that Kansas will continue to welcome and support the Indian community in the State of Kansas. The governor also publicly apologised for the loss of life and injury to Madasani.
Meanwhile, India House, Houston held a candlelight vigil in honour of Kuchibhotla. The candlelight vigil was attended by a large gathering of Indian Americans, friends and several elected officials. To celebrate true American spirit, India House has also decided to honour Grillot, who tried to stop the shooter.