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Vigil scheduled to honor slain Duke graduate student


DURHAM (AP) -- An evening memorial service will be held for a Duke University graduate student who was fatally shot in his apartment earlier this year. Abhijit Mahato will be remembered at 6 p.m. Monday in front of the Anderson Street Apartments. Originally from Tatangar, India, Mahato was studying for a doctorate in computational mechanics at Duke's Pratt School of Engineering. He died Jan. 18. The vigil is coordinated by the Religious Coalition for a Nonviolent Durham, Parents of Murdered Children and Durham Congregations in Action. A grand jury has indicted two teenagers is Mahato's death: 17-year-old Laurence Lovette and 19-year-old Stephen Oates, both of Durham. Lovette also is charged in the murder of the student body president at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. (Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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I am glad to see that Abhijit Mahato is being remembered in Durham. I am deeply saddened that it took so VERY long for this to happen. This should have happened earlier in this year. This young man's murder would have never gotten noticed had the tradey not happened at UNC a couple of weeks ago. God bless the UNC and DUKE communities and the families of each student (Carson and Mahato) as they grieve the lost of such promising lives. I am glad those involved have been arrested in both cases.