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Dozens mark birthday of Indian engineer killed in America

Parents of Indians living abroad are joined by others to participate in a candlelight vigil to pay their tributes to Srinivas Kuchibhotla in Hyderabad, India, Thursday, March 9, 2017. Kuchibhotla, a 32-year-old engineer who was killed in an apparently racially motivated shooting in a crowded Austin's Bar and Grill in Olathe, Kansas, a suburb of Kansas City last month. (AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A.)

Parents of Indians living abroad are joined by others to participate in a candlelight vigil to pay their tributes to Srinivas Kuchibhotla in Hyderabad, India, Thursday, March 9, 2017. Kuchibhotla, a 32-year-old engineer who was killed in an apparently racially motivated shooting in a crowded Austin's Bar and Grill in Olathe, Kansas, a suburb of Kansas City last month. (AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A.)  (The Associated Press)

Dozens of people are holding a candlelight vigil in southern India to mark the birthday of an Indian engineer shot dead last month in Kansas in an attack the FBI is investigating as a possible hate crime.

In addition to marking Srinivas Kuchibhotla's 33rd birthday Thursday, the gathering also protested what they say is a rising wave of hate crimes in America.

According to witnesses, the gunman yelled "get out of my country" at Kuchibhotla and his colleague Alok Madasani before opening fire at a bar in Olathe, Kansas, a suburb of Kansas City.

Madasani and another bar patron were wounded.

Adam Purinton of Olathe was arrested at another bar after telling a bartender that he shot two people he described as Iranian. He remains jailed on murder and attempted murder charges.