American Telugu Association condemns gun violence at Texas mall

American Telugu Association, ATA, has strongly condemned the senseless act of gun violence at a mall in Allen, Texas on Saturday, May 6, 2023, where eight innocent lives were lost. “It is very unfortunate that time and time again innocent people are becoming victims of gun violence. It is a devastating fact that in all communities irrespective of ethnicity or race, innocent people across the country are getting hurt by gun violence,” ATA said in a press statement.

Aishwarya Thatikonda, 27, from Hyderabad, India was one of the victims of this recent incident. The Dallas metropolitan area is home to a huge Indian diaspora as well as many members of the Telugu community.

ATA expressed its deepest condolences to all the victims of this unfortunate violence and their families. “ATA is there to help the community and will work with like-minded organizations to help the victims. We offer our deepest condolences to the deceased and injured victims’ families. We are thankful for the quick actions of the police and first responders, and humbly request lawmakers to put an end to this senseless form of violence and bring the necessary changes to curb these tragedies that are becoming too common in our country.”

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