Aishwarya Reddy Thatikonda, 27, a resident of Hyderabad, India, was one of the eight individuals shot and killed by the shooter at a mall in Texas, United States, on Sunday. Aishwarya was a project manager with a private company in Dallas and was shopping with her fiancé when the incident took place.
Aishwarya’s father is a district judge in Ranga Reddy district court. Her fiancé was also injured in the shooting but is now out of danger after undergoing a surgery to remove two bullets from his body.
The perpetrator, identified as Mauricio Garcia, a Dallas resident, opened fire on shoppers at the Allen Premium Outlets mall in the north Dallas suburbs, using an AR-15 rifle. He was later killed by a police officer who was responding to a different call in the area. Investigators believe that Garcia had far-right affiliations, as evidenced by a patch on his clothing that bore the letters “RWDS,” which stands for “Right Wing Death Squad,” a neo-Nazi group.
Aishwarya’s family is in contact with Indian officials and organizations in the US to repatriate her body. The incident has shocked the Indian community in the US and India, and condolences have poured in for the victims’ families.