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Family of Indian American teen killed in robbery donates $20K to Cleveland Police & Fire Department

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Sunny Patel, the 15-year-old high school sophomore who was gunned down during a robbery.

CLEVELAND (Diya TV) — The family of a 15-year-old boy who was shot and killed during a robbery decided to spend their holiday season not grieving, but instead giving back.

Sunny Patel was helping his uncle at the sandwich shop in Cleveland Heights on Oct. 14 when he was shot during a robbery.

Official releases said an armed suspect entered his family’s Mr. Hero sandwich shop on 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.

A GoFundMe account was set up to help the Patel family with expenses. They said they were overwhelmed with support and decided to donate the money because that’s what Sunny would have wanted. This month, the Patels donated $20,000 to the Cleveland Heights Police Department and Cleveland Heights Fire Department to show their gratitude.

Each department received an equal $10,000 donation.

Patel’s family also donated $13,500 to Mayfield High School, where he was a sophomore. The money will be used to create a bookstore in his memory.

Daveion Perry, 20, pleaded guilty to 15 counts, including aggravated murder, aggravated robbery, kidnapping and felonious assault. He was sentenced to life in prison without parole.

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Missing Hindu woman found mutilated in Pakistan

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SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) – The mutilated body of a Hindu woman was found in a field in southeastern Pakistan. Police say 40 year old Daya Bheel was murdered in the latest suspected attack against minorities in the Muslim-majority country. Authorities say they have arrested some suspects but have not determined a motive.

The Khosla family has donated nearly 2 million dollars to the Nudge Institute to help fight poverty. The philanthropists have donated millions of dollars for many other causes.

And disgraced FTX founder Sam Bankman-fried pleaded not guilty to eight different counts of wire fraud, securities fraud, and conspiracy before a U.S. federal court in the Southern District of New York. U.S. prosecutors allege that under Bankman-Fried’s direction, FTX, once considered one of the largest and most-trusted cryptocurrency exchanges, transferred billions in customer assets to his trading firm, Alameda Research. If convicted of these charges, Bankman-Fried faces up to 115 years in prison.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Christmas crash kills Indian American toddler

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Tragic news out of Nevada. Authorities say an Indian American toddler has died in a devastating Christmas day car crash and his mother is in critical condition fighting for her life. Authorities say the accident happened on a busy Las Vegas boulevard and they were returning home from a trip in California.

Anil Beephan is now the first Indian American Republican ever to be elected to the New York State Assembly in Albany. So far only Indian American Democrats have been elected to the state legislature. Beephan will also become the first minority to represent Dutchess County and at 29 years old, he’s the youngest GOP rep in the state legislature. He’s currently in the tech industry and has also worked as a volunteer firefighter.

Vice President Kamala Harris has named Indian American Rajeev Badyal to a key national advisory group, responsible for strategy and recommendations to improve and maintain space policy. Badyal already works for Amazon, helping launch satellites into orbit. 

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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EXCLUSIVE: Warriors host first-ever Bhangra Night

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SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) – The Golden State Warriors first-ever Bhangra Night made its debut during the Warriors-Jazz game at the Chase Center in San Francisco. The Warriors say it’s a chance for the team to connect with the Bay Area’s rapidly growing South Asian community and fan base. Only Diya TV was on hand to capture the festivities. This change from the annual Bollywood night was supposed to take place in 2020 but was postponed because of the pandemic.

A federal jury in San Francisco has convicted Sivannarayana Barama of insider trading. Authorities say he used the quarterly financial performance of Palo Alto Networks before that information was released to the public and then traded in that company’s stock while that information was still confidential. Barama worked in IT for several Silicon Valley companies.

U.S. Border Patrol caught more than 4000 Indians illegally crossing the Mexico border in October and November. That’s more than double compared to the same time frame last year. An Indian man recently died climbing a border wall in Texas. The Biden administration is struggling to contain a surge of illegal immigration at the southern border.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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