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US-Indian couple, twin sons found dead at home

US-Indian couple, twin sons found dead at home

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New York, February 14

An Indian-origin family, including their four-year-old twin boys, has been found dead at their home in California with the police investigating the case as a murder-suicide, the second such incident in less than two months that has shocked the community in the US.

The victims, hailing from Kerala, have been identified by the friends as Anand Sujith Henry, his wife Alice Priyanka, and their four-year-old twin boys, NBC Bay Area reported.

Second incident in 2 months

  • This is second such incident in less than two months
  • The victims, hailing from Kerala, have been identified by the friends as Anand Sujith Henry, his wife Alice Priyanka, and their four-year-old twin boys
  • The two children were found inside a bedroom
  • Sources said the police believed the boys were smothered, strangled, or given a lethal overdose because there was no sign of trauma on their bodies

However, the victims’ identities have not yet been released, the police said.

The incident took place in San Mateo on Monday, the police were quoted as saying by the report.

On Monday, the police said a 911 call spurred a welfare check at the location after someone reported they hadn’t heard from the residents for some time. They arrived and checked the exits of the home and found no signs of forced entry.

“Unfortunately, we located four deceased people inside the home. One adult male. One adult female and two children,” said Jerami Surratt, public information officer with the San Mateo Police Department.

The case is being investigated as a murder-suicide, police said on Tuesday.

According to court records, the husband filed for divorce in December 2016 but apparently did not go through with it.

The two young children were found inside a bedroom, police said.

“The children did not have any gunshot wounds. Unfortunately, they were found deceased, so that will be part of the autopsy, to figure out the cause of (the children’s) death,” Surratt said at a Tuesday afternoon press conference.

Sources with direct knowledge of the investigation said police believe the boys were smothered, strangled, or given a lethal overdose because there was no sign of trauma on their bodies.

The man and woman were found inside a bathroom, according to police. They both had gunshot wounds.

A 9-mm pistol and a loaded magazine were found in the bathroom, the police said. The deaths appear to be an isolated incident, and there is no danger to the public, police said.

“We are confident the person responsible was located within the home,” police said in a statement.

“This is not a normal call for anyone. It’s tragic for the family, the community, the officers..,” said Surratt.

At the State of the City address on Monday night, San Mateo Mayor Lisa Diaz Nash held a moment of silence for the four people found dead in the home.

“It was horrific, it was devastating to all of us, to the community as well as to our San Mateo police officers.”

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