American Telugu Association Condemns Gun Violence


American Telugu Association, ATA, strongly condemns 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 with gun violence.
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. “We offer our prayers to the families and friends’ of victims and all others affected by this heinous act. We, ATA stand behind the families and offers support during this difficult time,” it said in a press release.
“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.”