Indian family found dead in Maryland, cops suspect double suicide-murder



An Indian couple from Karnataka and their six-year-old child were found dead in Maryland. The police suspect this to be a case of double suicide murder.

The family of three was found dead with gunshot wounds in their Baltimore County home on Friday when police responded to a welfare check around noon, police said on Saturday. The deceased were identified as Yogesh H. Nagarajappa, age 37, Prathiba Y. Amarnath, age 37, and six-year-old Yash Honnal, Police said that the deceased are believed to be husband, wife, and son.

“Based on the initial investigation, the incident is believed to be a double murder-suicide that Nagarajappa committed. Each appeared to suffer from an apparent gunshot wound,” Baltimore County Police spokesperson Anthony Shelton was quoted in a report by the Baltimore Sun newspaper.

The family members were last seen alive on Tuesday evening, police said, adding that an autopsy would be conducted by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer to determine the manner and cause of death.

“I am heartbroken and deeply saddened for the innocent victims whose lives were cut short by this horrific act. We will do everything possible to assist family and community members following this tragic incident,” a statement by Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski read. Police said that there was no threat to the surrounding communities.

The family was from Hallekallu village in Karnataka’s Davangere district and had been living in Baltimore, Maryland, for nine years. Yogesh’s mother, Shobha, stated that her son had moved to the United States soon after their marriage and has lived there ever since.

“Police called my second son who stays in America over the phone and told him about the incident. He informed us about the incident but did not disclose the reason,” Shobha said. “We don’t know what happened and when this happened. We only got to know that the deaths have happened. We are not getting any information on how it happened – whether they did it or someone else did it.”

Shobha claimed that his son never told her about any domestic issues between him and his wife.  “Yogesh regularly called me on the phone. He was living happily with his wife and son. The couple had no domestic issues,” she said.


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