"his sudden, tragic and senseless death."
An Indian PhD student was found dead in his car in Ohio, United States, having been shot.
On November 9, 2023, Cincinnati police responded to ShotSpotter, a gunfire-locater service, which had detected gunfire in Western Hills at around 6:20 am.
Drivers passing the scene called 911 to report a person inside the car had been shot.
Officers found a car that crashed into a wall on the upper deck of the Western Hills Viaduct.
It had been hit multiple times and there were at least three visible bullet holes in the driver’s side window.
Inside the vehicle was Aaditya Adlakha, who had suffered several gunshot wounds.
The 26-year-old was rushed to UC Medical Centre. However, he died two days later.
No arrests have been made since the shooting.
Aaditya was a fourth-year PhD student at the University of Cincinnati Medical School. He was enrolled in the molecular and developmental biology programme.
University officials and peers have been left shocked by Aaditya’s death.
He was described as a beloved, intelligent and dedicated student.
Aaditya was known for his study on neuroimmune communication and its relevance to diseases such as ulcerative colitis.
Andrew Filak, Senior Vice President of Health Affairs and Dean at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, said:
“Today, you might have seen news reports of his sudden, tragic and senseless death.
“Those who knew him, along with fellow students and others who may not have had the fortune to have met Aaditya, may experience a wide variety of reactions, which are understandable and expected.
“He was much-loved, exceedingly kind and humorous, intelligent and sharp, whose research was described as novel and transformative.
“The focus of his work was to better understand neuroimmune communication and how neuroimmune interactions might contribute to pain and the inflammatory landscape in ulcerative colitis.”
Originally from North India, Aaditya moved to Cincinnati to continue his education in medicine.
He obtained a degree in Zoology in 2018 from Ramjas College at the University of Delhi.
In 2020, Aaditya received his master’s degree in Physiology from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences.
Dr Mayanglambam Kumar Singh, associate professor of Ramjas College’s Zoology department, said:
“He was a wonderful student, always ready with good grades and a bright smile.”
“One thing I’ll remember are his assignments.
“Professors keep only a few students’ practical files and assignments for years because they are extraordinary and will remain an example for years to come. Aaditya was one of those students.”
Smita Bhatia, who was in charge of the Zoology department, said:
“There are a lot of things that one could remember about somebody who is that extraordinary.
“Aaditya would sit in the front row only to ask the professor a question.”