An Indian family has been found dead in Porter Ranch home in California after neighbors called on the cops to check on the family. Karthik Rajaram, the head of the family, is said to have shot his wife, 3 children and mother-in-law before shooting himself.
Karthik Rajaram held an advanced finance degree (master’s of business administration in finance) and was unemployed at the time of his murder – suicide. He was also a former employee of Pricewaterhouse Coopers and Sony Pictures. The family was said to be in financial difficulties and this led to Krishna Rajaram committing this horrendous act.
According to an AP report,
Officers found the bodies Monday morning after the wife failed to show up at a neighbor’s home to go to work, Deputy Chief Michel Moore said. The deaths occurred sometime after Saturday evening.
A handgun that had been bought Sept. 16 was found in the father’s grasp, Moore said. Karthik Rajaram, 45, left two suicide notes — one for police and one for friends and relatives — and a will.
The notes attest to Rajaram’s financial difficulties, and he takes responsibility for killing his family members, Moore said.
The family members have been identified as Subasri Rajaram (Wife), Krishna Rajaram (19 year old UCLA Student), Ganesha Rajaram (12 years old), Arjuna Rajaram (7 years old), and Indra Ramasesham (69 year old mother-in-law).
The UCLA Chancellor Gene Block issued a statement to the UCLA community regarding UCLA student Krishna Rajaram’s death. Here is the complete statement :
I have the sorrowful task of informing you of the tragic death of a member of our Bruin family. Krishna Rajaram, a junior majoring in business economics, was killed, along with members of his family, in their Porter Ranch home. Krishna lived in De Neve Hall and was an active member of Delta Phi Beta, a South Asian co-ed fraternity.
We mourn the loss of this bright young life that had so much promise and was cut tragically short. In this time of grief, student affairs personnel are working together to provide information to his residential community and to make special arrangements for counselors to be available in the residence halls.