UMKC Student Murdered
UMKC student Sujendra Amarasingham was sent to America to flee the violence in his native Sri Lanka.
Amarasingham’s parents had witnessed the ongoing conflict from the civil war in Sri Lanka and wanted better for him.
Amarasingham had one more semester to complete at UMKC before graduating with a degree in electrical and computer engineering with an emphasis in power distribution and control systems.
However, Amarasingham will never obtain his degree, because he was murdered early the morning of Dec. 28, Amarasingham was attacked by a masked gunman while working at the Inner City Oil gas station.
The gunman shot Amarasingham, stepped over him and stole various products from the store.
Moments later a customer entered the store and saw Amarasingham but simply also stole money from the register.
Another customer entered the gas station about 20 minutes later and called the police.
Amarasingham was pronounced dead at the hospital.
The AdHoc Group Against Crime hosted a prayer vigil on Wednesday, Dec. 29, in memory of Amarasingham. Dozens of community members, clergy and UMKC students attended the vigil.
Justice for UMKC Student’s Death
Last semester, UMKC student Oladimeji Oladipo was found dead in his car at the McDonald’s at 6406 Troost Ave.
Oladipo worked as a correctional officer for Jackson County.
Acquaintances of Oladipo said he was saving up money to return to his native Nigeria and marry his fiancé.
A Kansas City man, Markus Whitelaw, has now been charged with the murder of Oladipo. Whitelaw has also been charged with first degree robbery and two counts of armed criminal action.
Whitelaw reportedly supplied a weapon to let two people commit a robbery.