Police Probe Allston Murder
Late-night violence brings sadness, concern, and more police to community
Boston police vowed to step up their patrols on Allston streets following the shooting death of a BU graduate student shortly after midnight yesterday.
Responding to a call from 139 Allston St., Boston police found the body of Kanagala Seshadri Rao, a Graduate School of Management student lying in the road in front of the house, about a mile from campus. The victim had been shot in the head and leg, and was pronounced dead at the scene. No arrests have been made in the case, which is being investigated by the Boston Police Department and the Boston University Police Department.
“We have added patrols for the neighborhood and detectives continue to look for clues in this tragic incident,” says Boston Police Captain James Hussey. “We ask anyone who may have seen or heard anything to contact our Crime Stoppers or Homicide Units.” To contact Crimes Stoppers, call 1-800-424-TIPS or text the word tip, that’s “T-I-P” to CRIME, that’s 27463. The homicide unit can be reached at 617- 343-4470.
“Our prayers go out to the Rao family and friends,” says BU President Robert A. Brown. “We are all deeply saddened by his death.”
Brown, who sent a letter expressing his concern to the BU community, says he has asked Dean of Students Kenneth Elmore to provide support to any member of the community who needs it. “This appears to be an isolated incident,” says Brown. “I want to assure all students, whether they live on campus or off campus, that public safety is a priority for this institution.”
Elmore says the University is working with Boston police to increase patrols in the Allston neighborhood. “It’s important that all students on or around the BU campus make their personal safety the highest priority,” says Elmore. The University community was notified of the incident yesterday in a campus-wide email alert.
The murder of a student is “surprising, shocking, and sad for everyone,” says Adrea Hernandez (GRS’17). “A life was lost. That brings sadness to everybody. Our hearts go out to their friends and family.”
Aamir Ashraf (SMG’12) says he thinks of Allston as a more dangerous neighborhood than other nearby areas. “It’s common knowledge to people who live and study at BU,” says Ashraf.
But Shirin Krall (CAS’13, SMG’13) thinks the police in general do a good job of patrolling the streets of Allston. “It’s just that kind of neighborhood,” says Krall. “The police are always around, especially on weekends, when there are parties.”
Counseling is available from the Behavioral Medicine staff at Student Health Services, at 617-353-3569, and from the Religious Life staff, at 617-353-3560.
BU Today will provide more details about the shooting and the investigation as they become available.
Additional reporting by Rich Barlow and Leslie Friday.63 Comments