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Pharma exec killed after winning $10K at casino

Police accuse a gunman of following a New Jersey man home from a Pennsylvania casino and shooting him dead.

WPVI reports that Sree Ranga Aravapalli, 54, had left the casino with $10,000 in winnings. Authorities say 27-year-old Jekai Reid-John followed Aravapalli home for 50 miles, then sneaked in through a sliding glass door.

They accused Reid-John of shooting Aravapalli multiple times while his family slept upstairs, according to the New York Post. Police arrested him Wednesday on one count of murder.

“It’s crazy,” Sheeza Khan, Aravapalli’s neighbor, said to CBS Philadelphia. “I mean, unbelievable. Like how can somebody follow him all the way, and come here and kill him in the night? It’s so shocking.”

According to Fox Business, Aravapalli was CEO at the New Jersey-based pharmaceutical company, Aurex Laboratories. He had spent the night gambling at Parx Casino in Bensalem, Pennsylvania.

“We are deeply saddened by the report that earlier this week a customer of Parx Casino was the victim of a homicide at his home after returning from a visit to the casino,” Parx Casino said in a statement. “Our sincere condolences go out to the family and friends of the victim at this incredibly difficult time.”

Onmanorama reports Aravapalli is from India and earned his master’s degree from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He previously had been CEO at two other companies, Ezminds and ePayroll.

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