The Valparaiso University community is mourning the heartbreaking loss of Varun Raj Pucha, a 24-year-old Computer Science student, who tragically passed away on Wednesday. Varun, a resident of Mamilligudem in Khammam, India, succumbed to injuries sustained when he was brutally stabbed at a public gym in Indiana on November 5. The assailant, Jordan Andrade, 24, claimed he found Varun “a little weird” and acted out of a perceived threat.
On October 29, Varun Raj Pucha’s life took a devastating turn when he was attacked in the massage room of the gym. The assailant, Jordan Andrade, who had never interacted with Varun before, later told the police that he felt threatened by Varun, describing him as “weird.” The unprovoked attack resulted in Varun sustaining critical injuries, leading to his hospitalization at Fort Wayne’s Lutheran Hospital at Valparaiso.
Jordan Andrade was promptly arrested following the incident and is now facing charges of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and attempted murder. The authorities are still investigating the motives behind the attack.
Expressing deep sorrow, Valparaiso University issued a statement, stating, “It is with heavy hearts that we share the passing of Varun Raj Pucha. Our campus community has lost one of its own.” The university extended condolences to Varun’s family and friends, emphasizing the collective grief felt by the campus community.
A service of remembrance and memorial for Varun is scheduled on campus for November 16. The university is providing support to Varun’s family during this difficult time and praying for their healing.
The tragic incident has left the Valparaiso University community in shock and mourning. As investigations continue, the university is focused on supporting Varun’s family and remembering the bright student who was pursuing his dreams in the field of Computer Science. The loss of Varun Raj Pucha serves as a somber reminder of the vulnerability faced by individuals, even in seemingly safe spaces.