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Burlington, Vermont mayor Miro Weinberger: My thoughts are with Yogeswari Khadka’s friends, family

Yogeswari Khadka of Burlington, Chittenden County, Vermont, United States has died. She was 32.

Khadkha and her husband Aita Gurung, 32, are refugees who moved to the U.S. from Nepal. In 2009, she gave birth to their daughter.

Gurung, who is of Bhutanese descent, was a construction worker in Nepal. He became unemployed in the U.S. while Khadka worked at a hotel on Shelburne Road in Burlington.

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On October 7, 2017, Gurung called the police to seek attention for mental health issues and concerns about his deteriorating relationship with Khadka. He was voluntarily admitted in the University of Vermont Medical Center (UVMMC) in Burlington for a mental health evaluation. 

On October 12, 2017, Gurung was discharged from the hospital upon his request. Hours later, he returned home and used a meat cleaver to attack Khadka and her mother Tulasa Rimal, 54.

During the attack, Gurung and Khadka’s daughter was at school. The attack ended when an armed bystander detained Gurung until police officers arrived.

Rimal had severe head injuries but she survived. Khadka died from her injuries in her skull, arms and hands.

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Burlington is the seat of Chittenden County and the most populous city of Vermont. The city’s 42nd and incumbent mayor Miro Weinberger, 47, assumed office on April 2, 2012.

“After yesterday’s tragic events, my thoughts are with Yogeswari Khadka’s friends and family,” Weinberger stated. “My sympathy lies especially with her young daughter and her mother, Tulasa Rimal, who continues to receive treatment at the UVM Medical Center.”

“No family should have to endure the pain they are going through,” the Burlington mayor continued. “I am grateful for the bravery of her neighbors, who helped to contain a terrible situation, and the remarkable professionalism, courage and decisiveness of the Burlington Police Department officers who responded to this scene.”

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