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Fatal police shooting of startup founder puts Austin’s diversity problem in the spotlight


Rajan “Raj” Moonesinghe (right) and his brother Johann Moonesinghe (left) pictured with their cousin (center) Credit: Johann Moonesinghe
For years, Austin has made headlines as an evolving tech hub where startups, large companies and investors alike have flocked to set up a presence.
But as 2022 closes, the Texas capital is in the news for a very different, tragic reason – being home to the sudden death of a startup founder at the hands of a police officer.
On November 15, inKind co-founder Rajan “Raj” Moonesinghe was fatally shot outside of his south Austin home in what his family and colleagues describe as a senseless accident that could have been avoided.
The 33-year-old had returned from a two-week trip to discover that things looked out of place in his home, according to his brother, Johann. The affluent neighborhood had recently become a target for criminals – to the point that one homeowner had felt so unsafe after being robbed that she moved out. The new owners proactively hired …

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