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US embassy expects thorough probe into killing of Bangladeshi student in Missouri

US embassy expects thorough probe into killing of Bangladeshi student in Missouri

The US embassy in Dhaka in a Twitter statement has expected that a thorough investigation of the Romim Uddin Ahmed killing in Missouri would be carried out to bring the perpetrators to justice.

Romim, a 22-year-old Bangladeshi student was gunned down in St Louis, Missouri, in the United States, during an apparent robbery attempt.

He moved to the US from Chittagong in 2016 to pursue higher education in computer science. There has been social media uproar over his tragic death.

“We would like to express our deepest condolences to the family of a 22-year-old student from Bangladesh, who died tragically in an apparent robbery in St Louis, Missouri in the United States. We expect a thorough investigation of this senseless crime by the appropriate authorities that will bring the perpetrators to justice. Our hearts go out to his family and friends,” the US embassy in Dhaka tweeted.

With Romim, two Bangladeshi students have been killed in 2023 in the US.

20-year-old Arif Sayed Faisal, a Bangladeshi-American student at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, was shot to death by police at the city of Cambridge in Massachusetts in January.

Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen frequently raises the issue of gun violence in the US, particularly when the US embassy in Dhaka makes any comment on Bangladesh's law and order situation.

Referring to statistics, he maintains that Bangladesh's situation is far better than the US when it comes to gun deaths.

Gun violence is a leading cause of premature death in the US, according to the American Public Health Association that suggests a “comprehensive” approach to addressing this crisis.

US law enforcement killed at least 1,176 people in 2022, making it the deadliest year on record for police violence since 2013 when experts first started tracking the killings nationwide, according to a Guardian report.

Police in the US killed an average of more than three people a day, or nearly 100 people every month last year according to Mapping Police Violence.

The preliminary 2022 total — a possible undercount as more cases are catalogued — marks 31 additional fatalities than the year before.

In 2021, police killed 1,145 people; 1,152 in 2020; 1,097 in 2019; 1,140 in 2018; and 1,089 in 2017, according to the Guardian report.

The number of children and teens killed by gunfire in the US also increased 50% between 2019 and 2021, according to a Pew Research Centre analysis of the latest annual mortality statistics from the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

In 2019, before the Covid-19 pandemic, there were 1,732 gun deaths among US children and teens under the age of 18. By 2021, that figure had increased to 2,590.

Earlier, in August 2021, a 28-year-old Bangladeshi youth, Moazzem Hossain Saju, was shot dead by an unidentified gunman at South Philadelphia in Pennsylvania of the US.