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Arrest made in fatal shooting of Indian-American teenager

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Indian-American teenager Sunny Patel.

CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, Ohio (Diya TV) — Police have arrested a suspect in the fatal shooting of an Indian American teenage boy who was an employee of a fast food restaurant in suburban Cleveland.

Cleveland Heights police say the man was taken into custody on Oct. 16, he was apprehended after officers spotted a person who matched the wanted suspect’s description. Detectives say they are still investigating the crime.

Official releases said an armed suspect entered a Mr. Hero store Oct. 14 and shot the boy once in the head before taking money from the cash register and fleeing. The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office Oct. 15 identified the teenage boy as 15-year-old Sunny Ravi Patel of Highland Heights. He died at a hospital.

“I miss my child,” Ravi Patel, Patel’s father, said through tears, shortly after the slaying. His son wasn’t even an employee of the store, the elder Patel said. The young boy’s aunt and uncle own the restaurant and said he was just helping out for the evening.

“He liked to go there,” Ravi said. “Just give him peace and good life.”

Ravi said his only son was truly a good kid.

“Every night when I came home, he would ask me one question: ‘Dad, how was your day and how was business?'”

Surveillance photos show a suspect wearing a hooded sweatshirt, sunglasses and a rag across his face enter the store with a gun at his side. Police say three customers and Patel’s aunt and uncle were not injured.

The teen’s father said he forgives the man responsible for his son’s death.

“God bless him… Just think before [you do] what you want to do,” he said. Patel was a sophomore at Mayfield Heights High School. The school released this statement on their Facebook page about his death.

A GoFundMe account has also been created to help the Patel family with funeral costs: http://bit.ly/2eP9yxM.

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“Look at India. It’s filthy!” Trump exclaims during debate

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NASHVILLE (Diya TV) — Former Vice President Biden and President Trump held their second and final debate in Nashville. The tone of the event was markedly improved from the first debate, thanks largely because of a rule implemented that muted the microphone during dedicated speaking times. We’ll analyze the key moments, including when President Trump called China, India and Russia “filthy” when discussing climate change.

WATCH what the President said about India here:

President Trump claims “India is filthy!” at the Presidential Debate

The State of California’s Department of Fair Employment and Housing voluntarily dismissed their federal lawsuit accusing Cisco Systems Inc. and two of their former employees of discriminating against an Indian American Dalit engineer. No explanation was given, but state officials said they will refile the matter in state court.

Dr. Mukul Chandra, a prominent cardiologist in the Toledo, Ohio area, has died from complications related to COVID-19. He was 57. 

Dr. Chandra was the medical director of Cardiac Preventive Care and Research at Miami Valley Hospital and received a plasma donation as a possible remedy for the virus. And hundreds of people around the globe offered their help.

WATCH the full debate here:

Last Presidential 2020 Debate between President Donald Trump and Vice President Joe Biden

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Biden & Harris issue happy Navratri greetings

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WILMINGTON, Delaware (Diya TV) — Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Kamala Harris continue their efforts to court the Indian diaspora, as each issued Navratri greetings. Biden & his wife Jill sent their best wishes, tweeting “may good once again triumph over evil.” And Harris and her husband Doug added “may this holiday serve as an inspiration to…build a more inclusive and just America.”

But at the same time, Harris’ niece Meena deleted an image she posted of her auntie being depicted as Goddess Durga, which led to a petition asking her to apologize. Meena Harris is a lawyer, entrepreneur and daughter of Kamala Harris’ sister, Maya. The image she posted photoshopped Kamala Harris’ face onto Hindu Goddess Durga, showing Joe Biden as her lion and President Trump as a demon she slays.

The chances of finding Indian American professor Sam Dubal, who has been missing for nearly two weeks, appear to be waning. Dubal went on a backpacking trip near Mt. Rainier in Washington state and hasn’t been seen since. Authorities say cold and snowy weather is hampering their chances of finding the University of Washington professor.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Man stabbed during brawl at Sikh temple near Seattle

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RENTON, Wa. (Diya TV) — At least six people were injured and one of them was briefly hospitalized with stab wounds during a brawl at the Gurudwara Singh Sabha in Renton, Washington. Renton Police say at least 20 people at the temple were fighting when police arrived. Police added a similar incident happened last week at a Sikh temple in Kent, Washington. Sources tell Diya TV the skirmish was between people that were pro-India and folks that did not view India in a favorable light. No arrests were made.

The Quad military alliance is complete after Australia agreed to be part of the Malabar Exercise to be held in Bay of Bengal next month, joining the United States, India and Japan as part of the naval exercise.

As seen on Diya TV, the South Asian Bar Association held a Presidential Town Hall featuring Asheesh Agarwal, a member of Indian Voices for Trump advisory board and Neera Tanden, the CEO of the Center for American Progress, moderated by journalist and professor Sree Sreenivasan.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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