An online fund-raising campaign has been started by Nagaraju's friends to transport his body home.

Andhra techie and 3-year-old son drown in US pool friends crowdfund to send body home
news News Friday, June 02, 2017 - 08:04

In a tragic incident, a 31-year-old techie from Andhra died on Wednesday along with his three-year-old son in a swimming pool in Northville in USA's Michigan state.

The man, identified as Nagaraju Surepalli, was said to be a native of Guntur district, and was living with his wife Bindu, and son, Anant Sai. 

The American media reported that the incident came to light on Wednesday morning, after a couple walking by the pool peeped into the water and found two bodies. A woman immediately called 911, following which police reached the spot. 

India Today reported that the police found a child's tricycle at the bottom of the water and other toys strewn around the pool, which suggested that the duo were playing, when the incident occurred. 

"The man entered into the five-feet deep pool to rescue his son but accidentally drowned himself. The pool does not staff a lifeguard and they were the only occupants in the pool at that time," the media outlet quoted a police statement as saying.

Other reports quote American Telangana Association (ATA) president Ram Mohan Reddy Konda saying that efforts were being made to help the family members of the deceased.

While the police did not release the deceased's identity initially, they have since said that the family had been in the United States for the past three years and Nagaraju held a non-immigrant work visa.

An online fund-raising campaign has also since been started by Nagaraju's friends.

"Everyone who knows Naga would agree that he is one of the most jovial, honest, friendly person you would ever meet and always smiling," the campaign organisers wrote.

"In the midst of this tragedy, We've set up this fund to help them with the funeral expenses and other ongoing grief/recovery support costs. This includes the very expensive process of carrying their mortal remains back to India. Please find it in your heart to donate as any little amount you can and it will be a great help to the grieving family," they added.

The campaign also states that all the money collected will directly go to his wife Bindu, who is the beneficiary.

At the time of writing, the campaign had already collected more than $141,000 out of the $150,000 goal.


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