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Second Indian victim identified
Minal Panchal on her Mumbai college admission form
Minal Panchal dreamed of being an architect
An Indian student reported missing after a massacre at a US university is among 33 people killed, her family and officials have confirmed.

Minal Panchal from Mumbai (Bombay) was in her first year of a masters degree at Virginia Tech university.

"The body of Ms Panchal has been positively identified by her mother," India's foreign ministry said.

She is the second Indian to die. A professor born in southern India was also killed at the university.

Officials have named 23-year-old South Korean student Cho Seung-hui as the gunman. He shot at least 30 others dead, then himself, officials say.

'Sorrow'

Ms Panchal, 26, had a degree in architecture from Rizvi College in Mumbai and left India last year for the US.

Neighbour Shobhna Bhiwandikar
What I remember of her is that she was very polite and always respectful of elders
Shobhna Bhiwandikar,
neighbour
Her friends had reported being unable to contact her after Monday's shootings.

"The embassy has learnt with great sorrow that, apart from the Indian American Professor GV Loganathan, a first-year student Minal Panchal is also among the victims," a senior Indian embassy official in Washington told the Press Trust of India.

India's CNN-IBN channel said she was in Norris Hall engineering building where the gunman killed all but two of his victims.

Neighbours of the Panchal family in Mumbai remember the younger of the family's two daughters as well-mannered, polite and intelligent.

One, Shobhna Bhiwandikar, told the BBC: "We were very shocked when we heard the news [she was missing] yesterday and were praying since then that she is found. But this morning, we got the terrible news.

"We've known the family for 15-16 years now and she was very sweet, brilliant."

Ms Panchal's mother had travelled to the US earlier this year to be with her daughters, the elder of whom has settled in New Jersey.

Friends of the family said the younger Ms Panchal's career ideas were inspired by her father, an architect who died four years ago.

Prof Pradnya Chauhan, who knew Ms Panchal as a college student, told the BBC her death was a "great loss".

"Minal was a very shy person but also very sensitive. I knew her intimately... She was absolutely on the dot, very intense, very creative."

Teacher shot

Professor GV Loganathan, from India's Tamil Nadu state, was teaching when the gunman went on the rampage.

Professor GV Loganathan
Prof Loganathan had spent years at Virginia Tech

He joined Virginia Tech in the late 1970s and had remained there ever since, working in the department of civil and environmental engineering.

Indian officials are liaising with Indian students at the university following the tragedy.

"We are in touch with our embassy [in Washington]. Our consular offices are in touch with the dean of students and also with the Indian Students' Association," Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Navtej Sarna said on Tuesday.

The university's Indian Students Association says it has about 700 members, making it the largest foreign body on campus.




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