CALIFORNIA: A US man has been taken into custody in San Bernardino after he surrendered in the recent killing of an Indian student, the police said.
42-year-old Eric Turner turned himself in on Saturday, told the San Bernardino Police Department.
Abhishek Sudhesh Bhat, 25, was shot dead outside a hotel room, where he worked part-time.
“The suspect was identified and turned himself in to authorities on the morning of Saturday. The motive for the shooting is under investigation,” Sergeant Albert Tello, San Bernardino police, was quoted as saying.
Eric Turner is under arrest without bail and will be produced before a local court on Tuesday.
The student has been identified as Abhishek Sudesh Bhat from Mysuru or Mysore. Abhishek is the son of Sudesh Chand and Nandini Aithal of Kuvempu Nagar in Mysuru and grandson of writer K Shivaram Aithal.
Two days ago, Abhishek had spoken to his father over the phone and had also sent a message at 11:15 pm on Thursday. The news of his death reached the family within 15 minutes of the message.
“Abhishek’s body was found in front of a hotel room,” told his relative Ramnath. The victim was working at a hotel during his spare time.
Abhishek had plans to work for a year or two in the United States after completing the study.
The family of the victim is struggling to bring to body back for last rites as every road to San Bernardino have been disconnected due to bad weather.
So the family of Abhishek has approached Mysore MP Pratap Simha and Deputy Commissioner Abhiram G Sankar for help bring the mortal remains.
25-year-old Abhishek moved to the US 20 months ago to pursue Masters in Computer Science. He was about to complete the course in only four more months.
He had completed his Bachelor of Engineering in Computer Science in 2016.