A Pennsylvania father and his family have died in a suspected murder-suicide just weeks after the husband purchased a gun.
Deepak Kulkarni, 50, and his wife, Arti Adya Kulkarni, 47, with their sons Shubham, 14, and Sharvil, 7, were found dead in the basement of their Chester County home on Sunday.
The county coroner said all four of them died from gunshot wounds.
West Whiteland Police Detective Scott Pezick said it’s unclear who was behind the murders but confirmed that Mr. Kulkarni had bought a gun two weeks prior to their bodies being discovered.
According to authorities, relatives from out-of-state called police to request a welfare check. Once inside, officers found four family members dead
Law enforcement is investigating the case as a murder-suicide.
“There’s no indication that anything that happened was caused by somebody outside of that residence,” said West Whiteland Twp. Police Det. Scott Pezick.
Arti’s brother Anand Adya said there were ‘red flags’ in the months leading up to their deaths. He also said they had tried to make plans with his sister and her family, only for them to be cancelled at the last minute.
“It was obvious, she wanted to meet, but he didn’t let us.” Adya said. “I would ask Arti if everything is OK, and she would never say anything.’’
Adya said that his sister would refuse to give them even an ‘’inkling that things weren’t perfect’’ in her marriage.
He described his sister as the “most devoted wife, and an even more devoted mother, sister and daughter”.
“They definitely did not deserve this,” he told the paper.
Kulkarni worked as a software analyst at Education Management Systems, according to his LinkedIn profile. His wife was also thought to be in the same field, but worked as an application developer, most recently for the University of Pennsylvania.
West Whiteland police and the Chester County District Attorney’s Office are still investigating.