Duke Graduate Student Shot to Death
Police are investigating the murder of a Duke University graduate student. Abhijit Mahato, a Ph.D. engineering candidate from India, was found shot to death Saturday at an apartment complex.Posted — Updated
Durham police officers went to the Anderson Apartments at 1600 Anderson St. at about 11:30 p.m. to check on a report of an injured man. Inside apartment C-2, they found a deceased man with gunshot wounds.
Friends and colleagues identified the victim as Abhijit Mahato, 29, a Ph.D. engineering candidate from India, university officials said Saturday afternoon.
Durham Police said they do not yet have a motive for the fatal shooting.
Neighbors at the Anderson Apartments said it was a quiet complex with a mixture of longtime residents and students. They said crime – especially violent crime – had not ever been a problem.
“I don't know what it could be, especially for grad students. It is kind of, sort of, way out there. Those types of people, you never heard much out of them,” neighbor Michael Jordan said.
“He made friends very easily and always had a smile on his face,” Laursen said. “Our research team was particularly close to Abhijit. He was very well read in both poetry and literature, and enjoyed conversation with others about what they were reading.”
“They took some time to remember him and to comment on how gentle and sweet and intelligent and thoughtful a poet and scientist, a very remarkable blend that will be sorely missed,” Moneta said.
Duke University administrators are working with police to help get Mahato's body returned to his family in India.