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TERRORIST Attack In Kansas - One Week Later

A week ago last Wednesday, a senseless act of terror occurred in Kansas. No, not another one of Trump's fake terror attacks... but a REAL terrorist attack. On Wednesday, February 22nd 2017, a miserable White piece-of-shit walked into a bar in Olathe, KS and shot two Indian men, killing one of them. A third man, who is White, tried to intervene, and was shot as well. The White terrorist responsible for this hate crime is 51 year old Adam W. Purinton, a Navy vet and deranged bigot. After the attack, Purinton fled 80 miles to Clinton, MO, where he attempted to coward inside an AppleBee's. Instead, he was arrested hours later. Welcome to Trump's AmeriKKKa, where nothing changes!
The murder victim was Srinivas Kuchibhotla, an engineer who worked for Garmin International, a satellite navigation company. The other Indian man who was shot but survived the attack is Alok Reddy Madasani, who is also an engineer at Garmin. The third shooting victim, a White man who heroically tried to rush Purinton, is Ian Grillot. Kuchibhotla is survived by his wife Sunayana Dumala. They were expecting their first child later this year. The couple had married in October 2012. They moved to KS shortly afterwards for Kuchibhotla's job. He had moved to the US from India in July 2005 to pursue a Master's degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from University of TX at El Paso. He had been employed at Garmin Int. since January 2014. On Monday Feb. 27th, his body was flown back to his native India for his funeral. He was 32 years old.

Alok Madasani Was a close friend, as well as a co-worker tech engineer to Kuchibhotla. The two men lived in Olathe, and were having drinks at local spot Austin's Bar & Grill after work. On Sunday Feb. 26th, Madasani, also 32, attended a vigil for the terrorist attack which left his best friend dead. Walking with crutches, Madasani was still recovering from his gunshot wound. White, blonde, 24 year old Ian Grillot was in no way the target of last Wednesday's hate crime. He could have hid and waited until Purinton had left the bar. Instead, Grillot tried to take him down went he thought the shooter ran out of bullets. Unfortunately, Grillot miscounted and ended up getting shot. He could have been martyred, but was instead the second survivor from that night - along with Madasani.

When Adam Purinton first walked into Austin's Bar & Grill on Wed. Feb. 22nd, it was packed with customers. People were watching a college basketball game on big screen televisions. It was around 7pm and many patrons were having drinks after work, as the shooting victims had been. According to witnesses, Purinton approached Kuchibhotla and Madasani - two Indian men of Hindu faith - and accused them of being Muslims (because there's something wrong with that, right?). Possibly intoxicated(no excuse), the White trash bigot hurled racist slurs at the two tech engineers, before being kicked out of the bar. But what had been just another one of countless hate incidents to occur in the wake of Trump's Coup D`Etat of the White House, soon became a bloody terrorist attack Around 15 minutes after being 86'd, Purinton returned with a handgun. He yelled at the two men to "get out of his country" before firing. As mayhem ensued, the white Supremacist fled the crime scene - leaving three men shot, one dead. He drove about 82 miles southeast to Clinton, MO. There, Purinton reportedly walked into an AppleBee's and told a bartender that he had "just shot two "Middle Eastern men" and needed a place to hide out". Instead, the bartender called police. Purinton was soon arrested. He faces charges of first degree murder and two counts of attempted murder. The FBI is also investigating the attack as a hate crime.

The two Indian men employed at a local tech company had lived in Olathe, KS for several years. By all accounts, they were regulars at Austin's Bar & Grill. The shooter had also lived in Olathe for years and was a bar regular. It's a small city of [about] 135,000 residents. Like the rest of the state, Olathe is overwhelmingly White, with very few Blacks and even fewer Asians. So Kuchibhotla and Madasani definitely would have stuck out. This is simply a reality for People of Color who live in small towns full of rednecks and bigots. It's a certainty that Purinton saw these men before. He could have done this years ago, but didn't.

But since Trump stole the presidency, lowdown Whites have been getting awfully bold. Obama's 2008 election saw a [predictable] spike in hate crimes. But it's nothing compared to what's been happening since November 2016. Many Whites are acting in ways they never have before. Purinton could have made his move long ago. But Trump made him bold. As such, Kuchibhotla's blood is on Trump's little hands! And don't think for a second that Purinton is some sort of aberration. Kansas is a blood-red state whose electorate voted for Trump by over 56%. Obviously, KS is one of the most reliably Republican states in the country. KS also has a long and disturbing history of sheer bigotry and hostility towards education. So basically, the two Indian men who were shot in Olathe were doomed anyways. Had it not been Purinton, it would've been someone else. A bastard like Trump occupying the WH has made these things "ok".

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