Mysuru: A 25-year-old student from Mysuru was shot dead by an unidentified person in San Bernardino, California, in the US, on Thursday (November 28).

The devastated family members of the victim, Abhishek Sudesh Bhat, are struggling to bring his mortal remains to Mysuru as all roads to San Bernardino have been cut off due to bad weather.

Abhishek, son of Sudesh Chand and Nandini Aithal of Kuvempu Nagar in Mysuru and grandson of writer K Shivaram Aithal, died after an unidentified person opened fire, according to family members of the deceased.

According to Abhishek’s relative Ramnath, who also happens to be a Rangayana artiste said Abhishek’s body was found in front of a hotel room. Abhishek was also working at a hotel during his free time.

Abhishek’s family has approached BJP MP Pratap Simha and deputy commissioner Abhiram G Sankar, seeking their help to bring back the mortal remains.

According to the family members, Abhishek had spoken to his father over the phone two days ago and had sent a message at 11.15 pm on Thursday. The news of Abhishek’s death reached the family within 15 minutes of the message.

After his engineering degree in Computer Science from Vidya Vikas Institute of Engineering and Technology (VVIET) in 2016, Abhishek moved to the US to pursue Master’s degree in Computer Science 20 months ago. He had four more months to complete the course.

Abhishek also planned to work for a year or two in the US, after completing the course.

VVIET principal Ravishankar who spoke to the media, said he had taught Abhishek in the undergraduate course. “He was active and a good student,” he said.

Abhishek completed his early education from Jnanaganga Education Institution in Mysuru.

The reason behind the shootout is yet to be ascertained.