On the night he was killed 32-year-old Kuchibhotla was reportedly enjoying an after-work drink at Austins Bar and Grill in Olathe, Kansas, with Alok Madasani, a friend who had also immigrated to the United States from India.
On Wednesday, a suspect allegedly shouted "get out of my country" before opening fire at two Indian men at a bar in Olathe, Kansas - just a stone's throw away from Kansas City.
A man accused of shooting two Indians in a crowded suburban Kansas City bar, killing one man and injuring two others in an attack that some witnesses said was racially motivated, has been charged with murder and attempted murder.
Indian newspapers carried a number of reports on the shooting, including details on Mr Ian Grillot, 24, who was shot and wounded while trying to save the Indians. He and his wounded colleague, Alok Madasani, both from the southern Indian city of Hyderabad, worked at Garmin International, a Global Positioning System navigation and communications company. Ian Grillot, an American who tried to save the Indians, remained hospitalized in fair condition.
Johnson County District Attorney Steve Howe says Purinton, 51, is being charged with one count of premeditated first-degree murder and two counts of attempted premeditated murder.
Madasani and Kuchibhotla had studied in the United States and were working in Kansas legally.
Although she spoke with some difficulty, she made clear to reporters that Purinton didn't know the first thing about her husband.
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Condemning the shooting, the US embassy in New Delhi said in a statement that "the United States is a nation of immigrants and welcomes people from across the word to visit, work, study and live".
"What are they going to do to stop this hate crime?".
From his hospital bed, Grillot said he looked forward to seeing Madasani again. A spokesman for India's Ministry of External Affairs told the Washington Post Kuchibhotla's family still resides in Hyderabad.
"It was a tragic and senseless act of violence", Olathe Police Chief Steven Menke said in The Kansas City Star.
"And I need an answer", she added.
Jaganmohan Reddy, Madasani's father, said he thought it was a hate crime. He told Mic in an email that he believes the shooting was a result of President Donald Trump's controversial rhetoric and discriminatory policies, such as the travel ban.
He was buoyed when Madasani visited him Thursday morning.
India's outsourcing industry is anxious about the possible scrapping or curbing of the H-1B work visa, used by Indian software companies to send engineers to the US.