Mahato student of Duke University was shot to death
DURHAM, North Carolina
January 20, 2008
Abhijit Mahato, 29, a doctorate engineering student
major in computational mechanics at Duke's Pratt School of Engineering,
was found shot to death at an apartment complex late Friday night.
Authorities at Duke University said they are intensifying
efforts to keep students safe after three crimes in three days.
A graduate student was killed Friday, while two people said a
man displaying a gun robbed them in separate incidents near off-campus
apartments Sunday night.
Duke Student Affairs Vice President Larry Moneta
said, "This was a gentle, warm young man who would be ...
it's terrible for anyone."
His personal Web site proclaims his love for the
places her grew up, where he learned about the larger world and
for the family who inspired him to achieve. Abhijit was an exceptional
student, researcher, and human being. He always had a smile on
his face, and was quick to make friends. He will be sorely missed.
He was born in Jamshedpur and raised in Kolkata.
He got his BS degree in engineering from Jadavpur University and
masters from IIT Kanpur. He worked at the GE Global Research Centre
in Bangalore for two years before joining Duke..
A murder mystery remains unsolved in Durham, as
police keep searching for Abhijit Mahato's killer. Durham police
say they know someone knows what happened inside the apartment
and they need to hear from that person, if they are going to solve
this case. "Please, call CrimeStoppers, call Duke police,
call Durham police.