Who was Pravin Varughese and what happened to him?

PRAVIN Varughese was a young student who tragically died in Chicago at the age of 19.

When his accused murder suspect was about to be convicted of the crime, the judge dismissed his case because of a syntax error.

Pravin disappeared after attending a school party in 2014 and was found dead days later.


Pravin disappeared after attending a school party in 2014 and was found dead days later.

Who Was Pravin Varughese?

Parvin Varughese was born on July 29, 1994 in Evanston, Illinois.

Parvin, a Native American, went missing when he was 19 after attending a school party in 2014 and was found dead a few days later.

Parvin was a criminal justice major at the time. He was the son of Indian immigrants Lovely Varughese and Mathew Varughese.

What happened to Pravin Varughese?

On February 12, 2014, Pravin, his cousin, and a few friends went to an off-campus party at Souther Illinois University.

However, when his cousin couldn’t find him, a missing person’s report was filed.

Unfortunately, a few days later, on February 18, 2014, he was found dead in the woods.

In conversation with TurnParvin’s mother, Lovely Varughese, explains what happened.

When the initial autopsy report of his death ruled it as hypothermia, it was likely attributed to drug and alcohol use. His mother explained, “I knew that wasn’t right. So we had to make the hell out of it.”

Pravin’s mother said she had to go the extra mile to get authorities to appoint a special prosecutor and offer a reward for information about what happened to him that night before a proper case was made.

Finally, Gaege Bethunem, a student at Southern Illinois University, was tried for first-degree murder after protection learned he got into a fight with Pravin after the party.

The jury then ruled that Gaege was guilty and should be sentenced to 20 to 60 years in prison.

Pravin was the child of hard-working Indian immigrants


Pravin was the child of hard-working Indian immigrantsPhoto credit: Facebook / Lovely Varughese

What happened to accused murderer Gaege Bethunem?

Pravin’s mother described the day of the sentencing Turn: “The judge read a prepared statement declaring that the charges would be dropped and Gaege would be released.”

She continued, “He started out by saying that the prosecution conducted a perfect trial, there was no wrongdoing, no mistakes by the prosecution, and there was enough evidence for the jury to find Gaege Bethune guilty by his own admission .”

She concluded: “But there was a syntax error and [he] wasn’t sure if the jury was confused… So [he said] “I reverse the verdict of the jury and order a new trial. I release the accused.’”

As a result, Gaege, the accused killer, was not convicted because a comma was out of place.

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