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Indian American teen dies from fatal shooting in Gilroy

The family of an Indian American teen, Jackson Kavil, confirmed the passing of their son from a fatal shooting on July 20, reports the Siasat Daily.

According to the Mercury News, Kavil was transported to Saint Louise Hospital in Gilroy, south of San Jose, around 9 p.m on Thursday where he “received immediate life support but eventually died from his injuries.”

Relative Jasmine Kavil, wrote in a Facebook post to share the news.

“It’s with the heaviest hearts, our family is gathered to share the sudden passing of our loved and youngest, Jackson Kavil. Jackson passed away Thursday (July 20) night.” Kavil continues, “He was a comedian who loved to put smiles on everyone’s face. Jackson was genuine and had a huge heart. He will be deeply missed.”

According to American Kahani, the 17-year-old was the son of Sunny Kavil, a restaurant owner in Gilroy. His mother, Rani, is a nurse. Kavil’s parents hail from Kaipuzha in Kerala, the India Tribune reports.

Kavil was shot by an 18-year-old Gilroy resident on the 2100 block of Columbine Court, officials say. The Gilroy Police Department have identified Edwin Sanchez as a suspect in the homicide. CBS News reports that Sanchez was taken into custody on Friday around 7:20 pm and is being held at the Santa Clara County Jail without bail.

A Go Fund Me campaign set up in his memory has raised more than $18,000 as of this writing.

No word yet on a motive.

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