Alok Madasani walked with crutches last night at a vigil for the victims of the gun violence in Olathe, Ks., that killed his best friend and left him and another man injured. “I wish it was a dream,” Madasani said of the attack last Wednesday night at a bar that left Srinivas Kuchibhotla dead, the Kansas City Star reports. The men, both 32, were engineers from India. “What happened that night was a senseless crime and that took away my best friend,” Madasani said.
Adam Purinton, 51, of Olathe, is charged with first-degree murder and two counts of attempted first-degree murder. The FBI is also investigating the case as a possible federal hate crime. He allegedly told his victims to “get out of my country.” Madasani on Sunday called the shooting “an isolated incident that doesn’t reflect the true sprit of Kansas, the Midwest and the United States,” generating applause from the overflow audience.