A software engineer from Andhra Pradesh, India. who was working for Infosys, and his 3-year-old son has drowned in a swimming pool in the United States, according to news reports. Nagaraju Surepalli, 31, was from Guntur. He worked & lived in Michigan with his wife and young son. His body was found along with his son’s on Tuesday in the swimming pool at the apartment building where the family lived.
“A couple who walked into the clubhouse saw the dead bodies floating on the pool and informed police,” told local media.
“The dad had taken the child to the pool. They were not intending to swim, they were just going to sit by the pool, and that was evidenced by what we found at the scene, and certainly what they were wearing. They were not dressed in swim attire,” told local police chief David Malloy.
He told the little boy, Ananth, fell into the pool while riding his tricycle. The father jumped into to save his son and drowned. There was no lifeguard, also the pair were not experienced, swimmers.
The family’s friend and Infosys employees in Michigan organized crowd-funding so that the bodies can be sent home. An Infosys spokesperson also told the company would help bring the bodies home.
Friends described Mr. Surepalli in the crowd-funding appeal as “the most jovial, honest, friendly person you would ever meet and always smiling.”
“In the midst of this tragedy, we’ve set up this fund to help them with the funeral expenses and other ongoing grief/recovery support costs. This includes the very expensive process of carrying their mortal remains back to India,” organizers wrote.