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Mourning the Loss of Two Students

November 28, 2022

Dear members of the SLU community,

It is with a heavy heart that I share some news with you involving the death of two of our School of Medicine students this weekend.

Uthej Kunta and Shiva Datta Keligari, two graduate students from our Health Data Science program, died this weekend after a tragic drowning incident at the Lake of the Ozarks. These two scholars came to SLU from Telangana, India.

We mourn with Uthej and Shiva’s friends and loved ones, their classmates and professors, the staff members who supported their journeys here at SLU, and all those who grieve.

Know that your SLU family is here for you. We want to remind you of the resources available to you as you work through your own needs and grief:

Please join us in praying for Uthej and Shiva’s loved ones during this difficult time.


Sarah K. Cunningham, Ed.D.
Vice President for Student Development