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One Indian student among dead at U.S. university

An Indian student who was reported missing after the shooting incident at Virginia Tech. was found dead, along along with an Indian professor, a foreign ministry spokesman said Wednesday.

Minal Panchal, 26, a first year masters building sciences student in the Faculty of Architecture from Mumbai, India, was found dead at Norris Hall at Virginia Tech University, CNN-IBN television channel reported, quoting international student council head Saurabh Attarde.

Panchal was the second Indian casualty reported in Monday's shootings, the worst such rampage in U.S. history.

"The body of Panchal has been positively identified by her mother," said Navtej Sarna, the ministry spokesman.

Her mother, a widow who lives in Mumbai, and her New Jersey-based brother-in-law have yet to decide on whether they will transport Panchal's body back to India, Sarna said.

Two senior officials at the Indian embassy in Washington D.C. arrived at Virginia Tech University Tuesday to assist the families of those killed, said Sarna.

G.V. Loganathan, 51, a lecturer at the Virginia Tech Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, was the other Indian killed in the tragedy.

Loganathan's brother, G.V. Palanivel, told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the death had been confirmed by his brother's wife, who is in the United States. She had identified the body.

Loganathan, who was born in the southern Indian city of Chennai, had been at Virginia Tech since 1982.

"Friends and family in the U.S. are helping our sister-in-law deal with the trauma," Palanivel said, adding that the funeral would be held in the U.S. according to his brother's wishes and the family would travel there on Friday.

Minal Panchal, 26, a first year masters building sciences student in the Faculty of Architecture from Mumbai, India, was found dead at Norris Hall at Virginia Tech University, CNN-IBN television channel reported, quoting international student council head Saurabh Attarde.

Panchal was the second Indian casualty reported in Monday's shootings, the worst such rampage in U.S. history.

"The body of Panchal has been positively identified by her mother," said Navtej Sarna, the ministry spokesman.

Her mother, a widow who lives in Mumbai, and her New Jersey-based brother-in-law have yet to decide on whether they will transport Panchal's body back to India, Sarna said.

Two senior officials at the Indian embassy in Washington D.C. arrived at Virginia Tech University Tuesday to assist the families of those killed, said Sarna.

G.V. Loganathan, 51, a lecturer at the Virginia Tech Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, was the other Indian killed in the tragedy.

Loganathan's brother, G.V. Palanivel, told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the death had been confirmed by his brother's wife, who is in the United States. She had identified the body.

Loganathan, who was born in the southern Indian city of Chennai, had been at Virginia Tech since 1982.

"Friends and family in the U.S. are helping our sister-in-law deal with the trauma," Palanivel said, adding that the funeral would be held in the U.S. according to his brother's wishes and the family would travel there on Friday.

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