LSU dedicates garden to slain grad students

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - This week marks the fifth anniversary of the murder of two LSU grad students, and the university has dedicated a garden in their honor.

Back in 2009, a group of LSU students and staff decided something had to be created on campus to remember the murders of Chandrasekhar Reddy Komma and Kiran Kumar Allam, five years ago this month.

"Kiran and Komal were my colleagues, and all three of us were graduate students. It was just two years since we started, and unfortunately this incident happened," said Vasmi Boyapati.

Boyapati says it's been difficult to deal with the deaths of his friends, but he says he know they will live on through this garden.

"This is a really popular place in which people are walking and running and enjoying themselves," said Boyapati. "Having this here is a very good idea."

Vice Provost Jane Cassidy says the garden will be a place where students can reflect and relax…a place where they can remember these two men. But it will also be a reminder to the university.

"Out of tragedy came something beautiful which is this fountain," said Cassidy. "LSU prides itself in taking care of our students and safety on campus, and certainly having this happen made us more aware of the need for that."

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