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US: Indian student hammered to death by drug addict he was helping

Source: PTI   -  Edited By: Hemant Waje
Last updated on: January 30, 2024 01:09 IST
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A 25-year-old Indian student who recently earned an MBA degree in the United States was hammered to death by a homeless drug addict whom he had been helping for the past couple of days in Georgia state's Lithonia city.

The horrifying incident was caught on camera when assailant Julian Faulkner mercilessly struck Vivek Saini nearly 50 times on the head with a hammer.

Saini, a part-time clerk at a store that sheltered Faulkner, had shown kindness to the accused for almost two days and provided him with chips, a coke, water, and even a jacket for warmth, M9 News Channel reported on Sunday.


Meanwhile, Consulate General of India in Atlanta on Monday posted on X, that they are deeply anguished by this terrifying and heinous incident and are in touch with Saini's family.

'We are deeply anguished by the terrifying, brutal, & heinous incident that led to the death of Indian National/student Vivek Saini & condemns attack in the strongest terms. It is understood that the US authorities have arrested the accused & are investigating the case,' the post said.

'The Consulate got in touch with the family of Saini immediately after the incident, provided all consular assistance in sending the mortal remains back to India, and remains in touch with the family.'

Saini was struck on January 16 while going home as he, concerned for safety, requested Faulkner to depart or face police intervention.

Police, arriving at the scene, found Faulkner standing over Saini's lifeless body.

The young student, who had migrated to the US two years ago after completing his B Tech, had recently earned a Master's in Business Administration.

Saini's family in Haryana mourns the loss of the promising young man, describing him as a brilliant student striving for a decent job.

His parents, Gurjeet Singh and Lalita Saini are devastated and currently unable to discuss the tragic incident.

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