DALLAS (Diya TV) — Dasari Gopikrishna, a 32-year-old from Andhra Pradesh, was fatally shot during a robbery at a convenience store in Dallas, Texas. Gopikrishna had a degree in business and technology and moved to Dallas eight months ago, hoping to secure a better future for his family.

Gopikrishna’s journey to the US was fueled by dreams of providing a more prosperous life for his wife and one-year-old son. Despite his qualifications and experience as a software engineer, he struggled to find suitable employment in Dallas and took a part-time job at a convenience store to make ends meet.

Late on Friday night, a man entered the store where Gopikrishna worked and opened fire. The assailant, wearing a mask, shorts, and a cap, shot Gopikrishna before stealing cash and other items. The entire incident was captured on CCTV. Gopikrishna was rushed to the hospital but succumbed to his injuries ten hours later.

The devastating news reached his family back in Yajali, some of whom inadvertently watched the CCTV footage circulating on social media. His father, D Srinivas, sold his one-acre field to fund his son’s trip to the US. “He went to the US to secure a better life for his family. We cannot understand how his life was taken so cruelly,” he said.

Gopikrishna had been married for three years, and his wife, also a business and technology graduate, had been planning to join him in the US once he secured stable employment. His childhood friend and neighbor, G Suresh, shared that Gopikrishna’s friends in Texas had advised him to delay his move due to the unfavorable job market. However, Gopikrishna remained hopeful and decided to go anyway.

“He used to call me every week, saying that working at the convenience store was better than nothing and that he would find a better job soon,” Suresh recalled. Gopikrishna’s wife regularly visited the temple, praying for his success.

The incident has sent shockwaves through the Indian community in Dallas and nearby areas. Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu expressed his condolences and assured the family of all possible support to bring Gopikrishna’s body back to India. “We stand by the family and pray for them to find strength during this difficult time,” Naidu wrote on X.

Former Chief Minister Y. S. Jagan Mohan Reddy also expressed his shock and urged the government and the Ministry of External Affairs to support the bereaved family. The Indian Consulate in Houston, led by Consul General D C Manjunath, is working with local authorities and Indian associations to ensure Gopikrishna’s body is repatriated to India.