19-year-old girl from Kerala shot dead in US

Mariam Susan Mathew

Pathanamthitta: A 19-year-old student from Kerala died in a freak firing in Montgomery, United States, on Monday.

The deceased has been identified as Mariam Susan Mathew, a native of Thiruvalla in southern Kerala.

The incident occurred at her house in Montgomery, the capital of Alabama state.

Reports from Montgomery say a bullet fired from the upper floor struck her after it penetrated the ceiling. 

Mariam was asleep at the time and died on the spot.

She is the daughter of Boban Mathew and Bincy of Edapalli Parambil House near Niranam here.

She has two siblings - Basil and Bimal.

The family had arrived in the United States four months ago. Earlier, they were based in Muscat.

Mariam was preparing for further studies after completing her higher secondary education from an Indian school here.

This is the second shooting incident to rock Montgomery in a week. Earlier, a man was shot dead here on Thanksgiving Thursday.

Arrangements have been made to bring Mariam's body home after a public viewing and funeral service in Alabama.

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