Indian-origin couple killed by daughter’s ex-boyfriend in California
Police identified the shooter as Mirza Tatlic and said he had suffered from mental illness. He and Rachel Prabhu had broken up a year ago, and the Prabhus had taken out a restraining order against him.world Updated: May 06, 2017 20:39 IST
An Indian-origin couple were shot dead by their daughter’s former boyfriend at their home in San Jose, California. The shooter, who had briefly held the couple’s younger son as human shield, was killed by police.
Naren Prabhu, who was vice president of engineering at Juniper Networks, was found dead by the police at his doorway on Wednesday, with his wife Raynah Sequeira Prabhu’s body found inside. Their daughter, whose ex-boyfriend killed them, lives in another state.
The murder took place at the family’s home in an upscale neighbourhood in San Jose, a tech hub. The police were called by the family’s adult son, who told them his father had been shot and possibly also his mother.
“When officers arrived at the home, they saw an adult man deceased in the front doorway suffering from at least one gunshot wound,” San Jose police chief Eddie Garcia said. “Officers learned from the adult son that his mother and 13-year-old brother, along with the suspect, were still inside the house.”
A stand-off ensued as the suspect refused to give himself up and at one stage held the family’s 13-year-old son as human shield but let him go shortly.
“The suspect appeared at [a window] at one point and pointed a handgun at officers,” Garcia said, according to CBS news. “In fear for the lives of fellow officers and victims that still may have been in the house, at least one round was fired by an officer, striking the suspect.”
Police identified the shooter as Mirza Tatlic, 24, and said he had suffered from mental illness and had struggled to find work. He and Rachel Prabhu had broken up a year ago, and the Prabhus had taken out a restraining order against him.
“The suspect had been in a dating relationship with the victims adult daughter who was not home,” Garcia told reporters. “The relationship ended last year. The suspect had a history of domestic violence and there was an active criminal restraining order.”
The Mercury New, a local media outlet, citing police sources, said Tatlic killed the parents as payback “to cause her pain, just as she had caused him pain by breaking up with him”.
Prabhu had been with Juniper Networks’ Sunnyvale campus for 14 years, according to reports that cited his LindedIn profile, which appeared to have been taken down since. He first began working for the company in 1998 at its Mountain View campus.