Police Investigate Fatal Shooting Of BU Student

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Update 4/22: Yesterday, police identified the victim as Kanagala Seshadri Rao. This morning, BU Today published a remembrance of “Sesh,” a native of India.

There’s no word from police on possible suspects or a possible motive for the killing.

Update at 5:15 p.m.: Boston Police say the victim was 24 years old.

Update at 2 p.m.: BU Today reports that the shooting victim, whose name has not yet been released, was a student at the Boston University Graduate School of Management.

“Our prayers go out to the family and friends of the student,” BU President Robert Brown told the school community. “We are all deeply saddened by his death.”

Brown said the shooting “appears to be an isolated incident.”

Dean of Students Kenneth Elmore told BU Today that the university is working to increase police patrols in the Allston neighborhood.

Post as of 12:15 p.m.:

Police are investigating the fatal shooting of a Boston University graduate student in Allston, the university has confirmed.

A Boston Police spokeswoman said city officers responded to 139 Allston St. in Allston just after 2:30 a.m. today and found a male victim on the street suffering from apparent gunshot wounds to the head and leg. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

The victim has been preliminarily identified, but authorities are waiting to notify the family before releasing his name.

Police offered no word on possible suspects.

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  • Asdf

    “The victim was pronounced at the scene”

    I think you a word.

    • Smiclops

      Ha, that so funny. You made laugh.

    • Anonymous

      Thanks. Fixed.

    • Guest1

       No, that’s actually common and accepted terminology to exclude “dead.”

  • http://twitter.com/MeghanChiampa MeghanChiampa

    I am interested in the interactive homicide map you’ve made here. Is this the first time you made something like this? How did you come up with that idea? It’s very strange but interesting at the same time. 

    It’s also kind of weird how the other homicides which also happened very recently and not getting the same amount of attention. 

    This is an awful thing and thoughts to all the families and victims.

    • Anonymous


      We have created similar maps in previous years, and many other media outlets have done the same. We think it’s important to track the homicides and victims, and mark where the crimes are occurring in our city. Thanks. 

  • Driggle

    this is tragic i used to live right there!  a cop used to sit at the liquor store during the weeknights and watch the students, there are of course the fidelis projects up the road with a bunch of scumbag  that might have had something to do with it.  thats where the DT’s should start

  • FatValKilmer

    There were rumors of someone mugging people at gunpoint on Linden Street a few months ago, I would be curious  to find out if this was a similar circumstance.

  • http://www.facebook.com/anand.dora Konagala Anand Dora

    can i have details of the student of name and country……..please

    • Ksrao2007

       My name is Kanagala Sudhakar Rao and I am the father of Seshadri. I am working in State Bank of India in Orissa, Seshadri was a good student, He finished his B.Tech from NITK,Suratkhal. He was interested in money market and investment area. He worked in quantum phinance co, set up by two IITians in Mumbai for a period of  one aand half year. He applied to Boston University for 18 months course in Treasury & Investment. Because he excelled in academic area he has been a victim and shot dead, My e mail address in Ksrao2007@gmail.com. You can respond  to my mail.

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