WEST WHITELAND TOWNSHIP, Pa. (CBS) – Chester County authorities are investigating after a family was found dead inside their West Whiteland home in a suspected murder-suicide. Police say four members of a family — a 50-year-old man, 47-year-old woman, and 8- and 15-year-old boys — were found in the basement of their home on Sunday afternoon on the 100 block of Mountain View Drive.
TRAGEDY IN CHESCO: 4 members of one family are dead after a suspected murder-suicide in #WestWhitelandTwp Authorities are not releasing names at this time, but @WestWhitelandPD provided gender & ages: 50y/o man, a 47y/o woman & 15y/o boy & an 8y/o boy. https://t.co/4PBXDym9e6READ MORE: Villanova University Reports Male Student Allegedly Sexually Assaulted 4 Female Students In Residence Halls
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“This is a tragedy beyond comprehension because two children and both their parents are dead. These were members of our community,” Chester County District Attorney Deb Ryan said.
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Investigators say preliminary findings indicate a murder-suicide and say there’s no threat to the community.
“We are doing a thorough investigation into the events that led up to the awful tragedy on Mountainview Road. While residents may be feeling uneasy in light of this event, I assure everyone that community safety is our number one priority,” West Whiteland Police Chief Lee Benson said.
The victims have been identified as 50-year-old Deepak Prabakhar Kulkarni, 47-year-old Arti Madhusudan Ayda, 15-year-old Shubham Deepak Kulkarni, and 8-year-old Sharvil Deepak Kulkarni.
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