Seven friends trekked on a Hocking Hills trail to reach Rose Lake on the warm Sunday afternoon. Seeing the rope swing and after judging the depth of the water below to be safe, three of them Gautham, Karthick and Kaushik decided to take a dive into the stagnant and friendly waters. What started off as a fun afternoon suddenly took a wrong turn when Karthick jumped in and started to panic. On understanding that his friend needed help, Gautham swam towards him without hesitation or questioning his own safety. What happened after that is anybody’s guess. Before anyone realized what was going on, they saw both of them sinking into the water. Help was called for immediately and first responders arrived shortly only to find the visibility too poor and the water too deep to search for either of them. By the time the rescue team could get the necessary equipment to recover Gautham and Karthick, they'd lost so much time and also the lives of two young men. The news article is attached here .
The loss of such amazing individuals affects the people around them in ways unimaginable. The families are flying into the US from India in the middle of a pandemic holding unbearable grief in their hearts.
Raam Gautham Arjunan, 26, was the kind of person who would not think twice to save his friend from danger. He’s from Rajapalayam, Tamil Nadu. He completed his Masters in Engineering Management at Case Western University, Cleveland, and was working with VISA Inc. He had just got married last year. His presence lives on in the thoughts of his wife, father and mother.
Karthick Alagarsamy, 26, was a free spirited soul who's friendliness and adventure was well known. He was a student at Wayne State University before working for Goken America in Marysville, Ohio. He's survived by his father, mother and sister from Chennai, Tamil Nadu.
We would like your support and prayers in helping the families in dealing with the tragedy that has struck their lives. This GoFundMe page is created to help them pay for flight expenses, funeral expenses, bills and grief and family counseling for both the families. Especially during these times of uncertainty, your support towards the families means the world to us.
No amount is too small, and every little bit will count. Even if you cannot donate at this time, we ask that you please share this information with your family, friends, and community and celebrate Gautham's and Karthick's life by cherishing the ones you love and are with, and by embodying the same happiness and joy they displayed in life.
Answering a few questions below.
Who you are: I am a friend of both Raam Gautham and Karthik Alagarsamy, I along with other friends helped all their activities for their final journey
How the funds will be used: The funds are used for both the funeral, family travel to the US (from India), and support the families during this crisis as both of them are key earning members of the family taking care of parents financially.
If you intend to withdraw the money, how you plan to send the funds to the parties you're raising money for or use the money on their behalf: We are working with CPA on how to directly transfer money equally split for both parents as they live outside of USA.
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