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Two Indian students killed in hit-and-run on Thanksgiving night

NRI Pulse Staff Report

Atlanta, GA, December 2, 2019: Two Indian students studying at Tennessee State University in Nashville were killed in a hit-and-run on Thanksgiving night.

Judy Stanley, 23, and Vybhav Gopisetty, 26, were both graduate students from India pursuing food science degrees in the College of Agriculture. Stanley was seeking a master’s, and Gopisetty a doctorate.

Nashville Metro Police are looking for a 26-year-old man, David Torres, in the hit-and-run.

Police said Torres’ 2011 GMC pickup hit a 2015 Nissan Sentra at 7:35 p.m. as the car was attempting to leave the parking lot of U.S. Bank to Walmart at 4040 Nolensville Pike. Witnesses said the truck was speeding and ran a red light on Nolensville Pike at Harding Place when it hit the passenger side of the Sentra. The car went off the road and went through a fence before slamming into a tree on the Walmart property.

The driver of the pickup fled the scene on foot, but description from witnesses match Torres’ appearance.

The Tennessee State University community created a fundraising page for the funeral costs of Gopisetty and Stanely.

“They both come from small and simple families from India and left their last breathe in United states,” says the description on the GoFundMe page.

“Vybhav Vipul Sudhir Gopisetty (Vybhav) landed in Nashville with a dream to shine in the field of food science, he completed his masters with excellent scores and 4 publications in international journals which is a really a proud number for an average scientist but he wasn’t ordinary.”

“Judy Stanley came from a middle class financial background, she was a girl with positive attitude and hardworking in nature. She was passionate about helping poor people by participating in various volunteering and fund collecting  program but finally a situation arise , where we  are now collecting fund for her funeral.”

As of this morning, the fundraising page has almost reached its $50,000 goal.


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