Karthik Rajaram kills his entire family and commits suicide in the Porter Ranch area of the San Fernando Valley in California. Karthik Rajaram left suicide notes stating he would either kill himself or his entire family due to their financial problems. Read more about the Porter Ranch murder suicide below.
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This is a truly sad story! Karthik Rajaram killed his entire family including his mother-in-law, wife, and three children, and then turned the gun on himself.
Worried friends of the Karthik Rajaram family called police, and they found a tragic scene. Six members of a family dead in a murder-suicide by a man in financial crisis.
The body of Karthik Rajaram, 46, a gun clutched in one hand, was found by police officers in his gated community home in Porter Ranch in the San Fernando Valley.
Most of the family members were shot in their beds. “Absolute devastation,” Deputy Chief Michel Moore told reporters outside the home.
Police found two suicide notes and a will. “The source of it appears to be a financial state, a crisis if you will, that this man became embroiled in that has unfolded over the past weeks,” Moore said.
In his suicide notes, Karthik Rajaram wrote that he felt he had two options “” to just kill himself or to kill himself and his family “” and decided the second option was more honorable, Moore said.
The bodies were found when officers were sent to make a check on the home Monday morning after the wife failed to show up at a neighbor’s home to go to work as a pharmacy bookkeeper, Moore said.
Police discovered the mother-in-law, Indra Ramasesham, 69, dead in bed on the first floor. Upstairs, they found a 19-year-old son, Krishna Rajaram, dead in bed in the master bedroom.
Karthik Rajaram’s 39-year-old wife, Subasri, was found in another room, also apparently shot in her sleep, Moore said.
In another room, Ganesha, his 12 year-old son, was found dead on the floor, and his 7-year-old brother, Arjuna, was dead in bed.
Karthik Rajaram’s body was found with a gun still “in his grasp,” Moore said. Rajaram had purchased the gun on September 16th.
Each of the victims were shot several times, and the killings most likely happened between midnight Saturday and early Monday morning, Winter said.
Karthik Rajaram had a business degree and formerly worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers and Sony Pictures, but had been unemployed for several months, Moore said.
Karthik Rajaram is listed as a co-manager of a corporation called SKGL LLC, which is incorporated in Nevada, according to state records. He formed the corporation for his family’s assets and used his family members’ initials to form the name, said Las Vegas attorney Christopher R. Grobl.
SKGL was incorporated in 1999 and renewed its annual business license in December 2007. Grobl did not know what sort of business SKGL was or why Rajaram incorporated in Nevada.
Krishna Rajaram was enrolled at the University of California, Los Angeles, as a junior majoring in business economics, spokesman Phil Hampton said.
Man, this is such a tragedy. Why can’t people realize that suicide is a permanent fix for a temporary problem? And to kill his entire family… our thoughts go out to their extended family and friends.