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Arrest made in connection with shooting of Rutgers student

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Shani Patel, 21, an undergraduate student at Rutgers Newark was shot an killed in his off campus Central Avenue apartment last night. His roommate who graduated from Rutgers last year was also shot and is in critical condition.(Robert Sciarrino | NJ Advance Media)

Shani Patel, 21, an undergraduate student at Rutgers Newark was shot an killed in his off campus Central Avenue apartment last night. His roommate who graduated from Rutgers last year was also shot and is in critical condition.(Robert Sciarrino | NJ Advance Media)

NEWARK, N.J. (Diya TV) — A suspect has been arrested and is now facing charges in connection to a shooting that left Rutgers University student Shani Patel dead, and seriously injured his roommate.

According to authorities, first responders were called to an apartment which resides above a popular university hangout around 10 p.m. on Sunday, where they found Patel, 21, with a gunshot wound. He was pronounced dead at the scene. His roommate, a 23-year-old graduated student of Rutgers whose name has not yet been released, was also shot, authorities said. He was taken to the hospital, where he remains in stable condition, police said.

Marcus Feliz, 25, of Newark, was taken into custody by police in connection with the shooting and was charged Wednesday morning with with murder, felony murder and robbery, officials said. Feliz’ bail is set at $750,000. The Essex County prosecutor’s office said Feliz is not a student of the university, and is not affiliated with the school in any way.

Officials have yet to confirm the circumstances of the shooting, but police have said the shooting is being investigated as a possible drug robbery. A substantial amount of drugs and money were found at the scene of the shooting. Peter Englot, the Vice Chancellor for Public Affairs and Chief of Staff at Rutgers-Newark, said that although the shooting occurred off campus, and police believe it was not a random act, “an incident like this causes us to have a heightened awareness in the neighborhood.”

Marcus Feliz (Essex County Corrections)

Marcus Feliz (Essex County Corrections)

Before the shooting occurred, Englot said the university had already began instituting enhanced safety measures for students, including hiring additional police officers, and expanding the school’s shuttle service. With the news that this crime could have been a drug deal gone awry, Englot said the school also focuses efforts on curbing student drug use.

“We’re aware that, as with universities around the country, there are people of college age who have issues of drug use,” he said.

“We do take care to make students aware of the dangers of drug use. That’s where we focus.”

The investigation is still ongoing, and no further information is available at this time.

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FTX’s Nishad Singh got $543 million loan

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More fallout from the FTX cryptocurrency platform collapse. Court documents show its affiliate Alameda Research loaned executives like Sam Bankman Fried $1 billion and more than $500 million to Indian American Nishad Singh, FTX’s top engineer. FTX’s interim CEO says never in his career has he seen such complete failure of corporate controls and a complete absence of trustworthy financial information. The company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy after it was unable to come up with customer funds.

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Starting next month, India will assume the G20 presidency for a year and chair more than 200 meetings, leading the way for global economic growth. Prime Minister Narendra Modi said his country’s leadership here will be inclusive, ambitious, and decisive.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Arvind Venkat & Tarik Khan win Pennsylvania State seats

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WASHINGTON D.C. (Diya TV) – Looking back at the midterm elections, Arvind Venkat and Tarik Khan made history as the first South Asian Americans elected to the Pennsylvania State Legislature. Advocacy group Indian American Impact played a major role on the ground, saying it trained and mobilized 200 volunteers to go door-to-door, to engage voters and provide info they needed to elect new leadership.

After 35 years, the Nancy Pelosi era is officially coming to an end. The speaker from San Francisco announced she’s bowing out of leadership, but will retain her House seat. The midterms cost Pelosi’s Democratic party the House and effectively ended her speakership.

Two former Indian American executives at Meta Platforms will launch a new non fungible token start up for creators. Kirthiga Reddy and Saurabh Doshi have raised more than $8 million for their new company called Virtualness. But they are facing headwinds as the FTX cryptocurrency exchange collapse is putting pressure on the entire industry.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Meet FTX insider Nishad Singh

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SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) – The controversy around failed cryptocurrency exchange FTX continues to captivate the world. Part of the scrutiny is now on the people involved, including Indian American Nishad Singh. According to new reports, this techie was part of FTX’s inner circle, which lived together and ran the cryptocurrency empire from the Bahamas. The software engineer was also reportedly aware that FTX secretly transferred customer funds worth billions of dollars to its sister firm Alameda Research. Currently, no one is facing any criminal charges. Diya TV featured Singh more than a decade ago for running ultra marathons as a 17 year old getting ready for college. 

Former President Donald Trump has officially announced he is running for president in 2024, marking his third bid for the White House. Trump had been hinting at this announcement for months, as the embattled former president faces multiple criminal and civil litigations and as his party is grappling with a worse than expected showing in the midterm elections. 

At the G20 Summit in Bali, world leaders including Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and U.S. President Joe Biden are coming together to condemn the rising threat of nuclear weapons as Russia’s war against Ukraine continues to raise tension and anxiety around the world.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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