The Morehouse College Community is mourning the loss of scholar, musician, and artist Kavi Sridhar Scott Pudu’18

Date Released: October 2, 2017

The Morehouse College Community is mourning the loss of scholar, gospel musician, and artist Kavi Sridhar Scott Pudu’18 who was the victim of a hit-and-run accident that occurred Sunday on I-20 at the Evans Mill Road exit ramp east of Atlanta.

Pudu, 21, of Dallas, Texas, was a senior Cinema, Television & Emerging Media Studies Program major and a beloved work study student in the Office of Alumni Engagement. His co-workers, friends, and members of the faculty and staff at Morehouse College are deeply saddened by his passing.

A candlelight vigil to honor Pudu’s memory was held at 6 p.m. Monday in front of Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel. Members of Pudu’s family, Morehouse College Interim President Harold L. Martin Jr. and Student Government Association President Kamren Rollins were among those in attendance.

“The tragic passing of any student is a great loss for the Morehouse community,” Martin Jr. said. “Kavi was a bright shining star who was beloved by his classmates and an inspiration to all who he met. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this difficult time.”

Pudu had stopped on the shoulder of I-20 around 8 p.m. Sunday to check the lights of his family’s rental car when he was hit by a motorist that had lost control of his vehicle. DeKalb County police are searching for the driver of a white SUV that was speeding and allegedly hit a car that caused the accident.

“Kavi Pudu was pure light and love,” said Joe Carlos, who manages Morehouse’s Young Alumni Engagement Program. Carlos recruited Pudu as a Morehouse scholar. “We met by chance when he was a senior at Townview Magnet High School.

“Kavi was heading to work at North Park Mall, and I was on my way to see Jay-Z concert when I saw him in line at a food court wearing a Morehouse hat. I questioned him about it, and he said that was where he wanted to go to college at Morehouse. I gave him my card, and the rest is history.”

Carlos said he enjoyed seeing Pudu on campus and in the office of Alumni Engagement. “I’m truly heartbroken and so deeply saddened by his transition,” Carlos said.

Office manager for Alumni Engagement Melissa Bailey said Pudu, who had been her work study student for four years, was “like a son” to her.

“Kavi always greeted me with a big hug and a smile,” she said. “He was my number one student assistant on events like Homecoming, A Candle in the Dark, Gala, and Commencement. He was always there when I needed him.”  

Bailey said Pudu enjoyed singing and composing gospel music, as well as, sharing his Christian faith with others. “He was a rare and humble soul on this campus,” she said. 

Morehouse scholar Karim Nickleson, a transfer student, agreed. “Kavi was the person who showed me the true meaning of ‘I have my brother’s back,’ ” Nickelson said. “His kind-hearted soul embraced so many lives on and off campus. He always kept God first.”

 Grief counselors were available Monday for those who needed to talk.

Funeral services Information: 


Saturday, October 7, 2017
Time : 12 noon - 3:00pm
Murray Brothers Funeral Home
Utoy Springs Rd, SW
Atlanta, GA 30331

Celebration of Life of Kavi

Sunday, October 8, 2017
12:30pm communion + celebration of life of 

Christ Church Presbyterian
1740 Peachtree Street NW
Atlanta, GA 30309


Funeral Service

Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Service Time: 11:00 am
Fellowship Dallas
9330 N. Central Expressway
Dallas, Texas 75231

Last Modified: October 6, 2017, 14:10 PM, by: Synera Shelton

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