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Punjabi student from Jalandhar stabbed to death in USA

September 04, 2017 06:29 PM

Punjab News Express
WASHINGTON: A 22-year-old software engineering student from Jalandhar in Punjab, was stabbed to death in his taxi allegedly by an American student who was upset over not getting admission into a university.

Gagandeep Singh who was third-year student, also working as a taxi driver, was allegedly attacked by the 19-year-old passenger he had picked up at Spokane International Airport in Washington State on August 28. The accused, Jacob Coleman, was charged with first-degree murder.

Coleman is said to have flown from Seattle to Spokane to start as a new student at Gonzaga University, but upon arrival he was denied entry. “He became angry and began to have homicidal thoughts," police said, after claiming he was denied entry to Gonzaga University.

The university said it "has no record of an application" from Coleman and that it was cooperating with law enforcement. Coleman reportedly left, hailed a taxi and asked Gagandeep to drive him to a fictitious friend's house in Bonner County, Idaho. He admitted that during the journey he "became homicidal" and bought a knife.

Singh later stopped his car in Kootenai city after realising he had been sent to an erroneous location. That's when Coleman reportedly stabbed Gagandeep multiple times. He was iiving in USA since 2003.

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