Video: Knightly News interview with James Seevakumaran’s roommate Arabo “BK” Babakhani + audio of 911 call


UCF student publication Knightly News has posted a video interview with Arabo "BK" Babakhani, the roommate of former student James Seevakumaran, who was found dead by police in his dorm room early Monday morning. Babakhani says that after Seevakumaran pointed a gun in his face, he ran to his room and called 911, thwarting his roommate's plans to wreak havoc on the campus.

UCF officials also say that two packages for Seevakumaran were delivered to campus but never picked up.

They included two magazine clips, a gun sling and a shooting-related training DVD. They arrived on March 12, but they were not picked up. Staff alerted police about them today.

Authorities have also released the 911 call from Babakhani, which you can listen to below. During the call, Babakhani tries to explain to an incredulous Seminole County 911 operator that Seevakumaran pulled a gun on him, and the operator has a tough time understanding what's going on because of a fire alarm screeching in the background. Babakhani becomes so frustrated at one point that he almost hangs up and calls campus police. Eventually, the Seminole County Sheriff's Department connects to campus police. Listen at the link below.

Seminole County 911 Audio

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Orlando Weekly. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Orlando Weekly, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at

Orlando Weekly works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Central Florida.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Orlando’s true free press free.