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Two NRI college students found dead of a bullet wound

SPANISH LAKE, St. Louis, Sep. 15, 2008
Baljit Kaur

Soumya Tummala, 22, MS student in electrical engineering student at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville's body was found about 8:30 a.m. Saturday in a car at Sunfish and North Lakes Park. Joggers called police after seeing a body slumped in a car.

Vikram Kumar Tummala, 27, was found in the lake when his body surfaced about 11:45 a.m. Monday.

It is believed that Soumya Tummala is related to Vikram Tummala but they were liveing different addresses in Maryville.

St. Louis County Police Officer Rick Eckhard said:

  • It was occurred sometime Friday night or Saturday morning. Soumya Tummala was found in a passenger seat of a 1995 Ford Taurus and registered to Vikram Tummala's name.
  • We are trying to find out is why these two individuals from Maryville, Ill. were in area of St. Louis County

The lake is located at 12636 Spanish Pond Road in the northern part of St. Louis County. The investigation will continue as the police work with the medical examiner's office, according to the release.

Sahaja, Soumya’s sister who studies in another university in Chicago and Venkatram Reddy, son of Mr. Gajanand Reddy who is a software professional in Portland, Oregon, identified the girl’s body late on Sunday. Soumya, the second of three children of late Bhupal Reddy and Hema, was said to be extremely brilliant at studies. She hailed from Muniyal village in Kadem mandal of Adilabad district. She did her schooling in Stanley Girls High School, Abids, and studied Intermediate at Narayana Junior College. Later, she studied BE (CEC) and went to the USA in July 2007 for higher studies

The university authorities informed that her body would be sent to India after completion of formalities.