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Indian Student at Univ. of Cincinnati Dies After Being Shot in Car

Aaditya Adlakha, 26 was found with bullet holes in it


Aaditya Adlakha


Aaditya Adlakha, a 26-year-old doctoral student from India who was studying at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine died at UC Medical Center, where he was admitted. Adlakha was found shot inside the car on the Western Hills Viaduct. The car he was in was found with bullet holes on it. The incident occurred around 6:20 AM, on Nov 9 with. According to reports there were 12 bullets fired, striking Aaditya’s vehicle multiple times. He was found by Cincinnati Police, and was transported to UC Medical Center, where he succumbed to his injuries on November 11.

Adlakha was a fourth-year doctoral student in the molecular and developmental biology program at the University.

Dr. Andrew Filak Jr., senior vice president for health affairs, and Christian Holmes, professor and dean of the College of Medicine, said in a statement: “He was much-loved, exceedingly kind and humorous, intelligent and sharp, whose research was described as novel and transformative.”

Adlakha was an extraordinary student. Last year he received a stipend and an award to support a research project on ulcerative colitis. He was expected to complete his doctorate in 2025.

Adlakha studied in Delhi before he came to the US. He completed his bachelor’s degree in zoology in 2018 from Ramjas College of the University of Delhi. He also received his master’s degree in physiology in 2020 from All India Institute of Medical Sciences, also in New Delhi.

The circumstances surrounding the shooting remain under investigation and the motive is still unclear.

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