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24-Year-Old NRI Saiesh Veera Dies of Gunshot Wounds In IS

Los Angeles, April 21, 2023 A.Gary Singh

A 24-year-old gas station clerk Saiesh Veera was killed early Thursday morning during an attempted robbery in Franklinton, Columbus police said, marking the 50th homicide reported in Columbus in 2023 and an uptick in violence compared to last year.

The shooting was reported around 12:50 a.m. Thursday at the Shell gas station, located at 1000 W. Broad St. The clerk, who was identified as Saiesh Veera, was taken to OhioHealth Grant Medical Center, where he died from his injuries.

Columbus police also released an image from the gas station's surveillance cameras showing the person they believe to be the suspect. Anyone with information on that person's identity or whereabouts is asked to call detectives at 614-645-4730 or Central Ohio Crime Stoppers at 614-461-TIPS.

According to information posted in an online fundraiser by a friend of Veera's, money is being raised so his body can be sent back to India, where his mother still lives.

Veera had come to the United States to pursue higher education, according to the online information, and was going to be able to quit his job as a clerk in a few weeks.