Leon Flowers (right), 23, Neil Kumar, 30
Leon Flowers (right), 23, was charged with murder and robbery after Neil Kumar, 30, was killed while working at a petrol pump in Alabama, USA. Image Credit: Supplied / Police

Dubai: Police in the US have arrested and charged a man in connection with the shooting to death of a UAE student.

Leon Flowers, 23, has been charged with murder and robbery after gas station clerk Neil Kumar, 30, originally from India — but whose family are based in Sharjah, UAE — was shot and killed in Alabama, last Wednesday.

Kumar had been in the US for a year studying computer science at Troy University at the time of his murder. He had been working in the gas station on a part time basis.

The victim’s parents — Purush and Seema Kumar — who are long-time residents of Sharjah, flew to America on Saturday where they met up with their US-based daughters Neema and Natasha on Sunday ahead of Neil’s funeral in Alabama on Monday.

The family released the following statement: “You are loved and missed by so many because of your kind, witty, charming and selfless nature.

“Your loss is unbearable and you have left a hole in our hearts that can never be filled. We will miss you forever beloved son and dearest little brother.”