New Delhi: A 20-year-old Indian-American student was shot dead by unidentified people in Ferment, California on April 5. Rahul Sharma, a high school student living with his family in the city since seven years was shot in the head while standing in a driveway of his apartment complex.

Acquiring some success in the investigation this week, the Ferment police have released the sketch of a suspect who has been described as a black man in his 20's, wearing a white t-shirt and earrings in both ears.

Rahul was working towards his GED at the Fremont school district's Adult and Continuing Education programme. "My son was a good boy who wanted to go to school and do good things," said his inconsolable mother, Davinder Sharma.

Rahul was cremated on Friday. He was living with his parents Pran Sharma, mother Davinder Sharma, two sisters Mehak (18) and Deepti (22) and a one-year-old brother.

Meanwhile, the extended family of the victim in Jalandhar has alleged the incident as a hate crime.

Shocked on the incident, the North American Punjabi Association condemned the murder and demanded a high-level inquiry into it. Association president Satnam Singh Chahal said that racial discrimination towards the Punjabi community exists throughout the US and people from community were facing racial discrimination and such attacks are have become a regular phenomenon.

(JPN/Agencies)