An Iowa Public Safety employee, his wife and their two sons, found dead at their home in the Des Moines neighborhood, were shot dead, investigators said Sunday.
West Des Moines police said the bodies of Chandrasekhar Sunkara, 44, and Lavanya Sunkara, 41, aged 15 and 10, were found at their home on Saturday morning. Autopsies were being conducted to determine the official causes of death, but police said all were shot.
The Ministry of Public Security said Sunday that Chandrasekhar Sunkara, known as Chandra, was a civilian IT professional in the agency's technology services bureau.
"Our hearts and prayers go to the family and friends of the Sunkaras," he said.
Shrikar Somayajula, co-owner and partner of A Grade Ahead, an after-school enrichment academy in Des Moines, said the boys, whose names were not revealed because they were minors, were star students who represented the school at the national level. School competitions and "wanted to go to one of the Ivy League elite colleges."
Somayajula told WHO, Des Moines, affiliated with NBC, that "the family was a very friendly family, so it's really painful," Somayajula said.
"You do not see anything like that happening in the Indian community, let alone a heinous act like this," he said, "We have more questions than answers about why this is happening. has passed, and we will probably never find out. "
Police said that other family members, two adults and two children, were staying at their homes as guests. When the bodies were discovered, one of the family members ran outside to look for help and found a passerby who called 911.
No suspects would have been detained, but the police said they were confident that there was no threat to the community.