Reward is offered in slaying of student


Published: Wednesday, January 14, 2004 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 14, 2004 at 12:01 a.m.
A $10,000 reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the murder of University of Florida graduate assistant Sudheer Reddy Satti.
Satti, 24, was found dead in the bedroom of his apartment at Maguire Village, an on-campus graduate student and family housing complex off SW 34th Street. Friends who last heard from Satti on Dec. 31 and were worried about him contacted authorities, who discovered the body Jan. 4.
The civil engineering student, who had been working on his doctorate, had been stabbed multiple times. Sources say initial reports describe about 30 wounds to his head and torso.
Crime Stoppers has put up $1,000 of the reward, with UF offering the rest.
"I think the University of Florida's position is we'll do everything within our capabilities to bring this case to a resolution," said Ed Poppell, UF's vice president of administration and finance.
A service is planned in Satti's memory Thursday, starting at noon, in the Reitz Union Ballroom on campus. A memorial fund has been established in Satti's honor. Donated money will be sent to his parents in India, said Donna Rowland, a fiscal assistant in the College of Civil and Coastal Engineering.
Meanwhile police continue to investigate Satti's death.
"We're still working suspects and working on leads and building leads," UF Police Lt. Joe Sharkey said. Missing are several pieces of electronic equipment that had been in Satti's apartment at Building 382, No. 7, including a stereo, home theater audio system, speakerphone, cordless phone and a VCR and DVD player.
Satti, who had planned to leave UF and pursue his doctorate at the University of New Hampshire, was set to arrive there on Jan. 9.
Police thought the equipment might have been shipped north, but Sharkey said, "The people we know of up north have not received anything."
Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the UF Criminal Investigations Division at 392-1111. To remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 372-7867.
Checks for the memorial fund should be made payable to India Cultural and Education Center and mailed to Mrs. Indira Hazariwala, 6512 NW 50th Lane, Gainesville, Fl., 32653, or can be dropped off at the Civil and Coastal Engineering Office, 365 Weil Hall at UF from 8 to 5 p.m.

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