Grad Student Killed in Allston Shooting

This story will be updated as additional details are released.

Police are still gathering information on the death of a Boston University graduate student in Allston early this morning.

After midnight, the Boston Police Department responded to an emergency call from 139 Allston Street, where they found the body of a Boston University School of Management graduate student. The student had been shot in the head and leg and was dead at the scene.

At this time, no arrests have been made and there are no suspects. University officials say that the shooting appears to be an isolated incident, but the event has no doubt frightened the many BU students who live in the area of the shooting, about one mile away from campus in Allston. BU officials are working with the Boston police department to increase patrols in the Allston neighborhood and are encouraging students to be vigilant and aware of their personal safety.

The name of the victim has not been released, because the student’s family is still being notified. Once the family is made aware of the student’s passing, the BU community will learn the victim’s identity. Boston University’s Executive Director of Media Relations, Colin Riley says more details about the crime haven’t been released because it is under investigation by the Boston police department, not the Boston University police. The crime technically occurred off-campus. “Any other information will be divulged by the Boston police department,” he said.

“It is unbelievably tragic to lose a member of the university community, and through a violent crime,” Riley said.

Students have been receiving updates throughout the day today via BU’s emergency alert system. The first of these alerts came around noon today, though local news outlets had it earlier. Around 1:40 this afternoon, President Brown released a letter via e-mail to the Boston University community. In the e-mail, Brown said:

Screen shot of a Google Maps photo of 139 Allston Street.

We are still learning details about this. Obviously this crime raises understandable concerns about safety and security. While this murder occurred outside our campus area, we want to assure you that we work continuously with the City of Boston to address safety and security concerns in the neighborhoods that surround our campus.


While much of the community is anxious to learn more details about the crime, such as why it occurred, BU will have to be patient. The priority of the Boston police department is to investigate the incident, and the university is not at liberty to divulge anything the Boston police department does not first.

Update: The victim has been identified as 24 year old Kanagala Seshadri Rao.

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2 Comments on “Grad Student Killed in Allston Shooting”

  1. As a parent, I want to know why it took BU so long to issue an alert to students when it was airing on the news early in the morning.

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