Mayor of Valparaiso Matt Murphy released a statement on Monday regarding the stabbing of Valparaiso University Graduate student Varun Raj Pucha, which occurred Oct. 29 at Planet Fitness:

“All of Valparaiso was shocked to learn of the recent stabbing of Valparaiso University graduate student Varun Raj Pucha. He was preparing to receive his master’s degree in computer science in December. I have been in regular contact with Valparaiso University President Jose Padilla and have offered City assistance, as needed. I have also been working with Sen. Todd Young’s office to secure emergency visas so that Varun’s family can travel to the United States and be with him. The Valparaiso Police Department is working with the Porter County Prosecutor’s office to move the matter forward. Although there is much about this senseless act that we do not know, one thing is clear – a young man looking to better his education in our community now clings for his life. At this time, I would ask all of Valparaiso to keep Varun and his family in your thoughts and prayers.”