Indian-origin couple found dead, house sold for $4 million amid financial crisis Rakesh Kamal, Teena Kamal, Ariana

Rakesh Kamal, his daughter and his wife were found dead in their mansion.

New Delhi:

A wealthy couple of Indian origin and their teenage daughter were found dead in their mansion in one of the most luxurious enclaves in Massachusetts, USA. Rakesh Kamal, 57, his wife Tina, 54, and their 18-year-old daughter Ariana were found dead Thursday evening, Norfolk District Attorney (DA) Michael Morrissey said. Authorities say the preliminary investigation points to a “fatal domestic violence incident” with no outside involvement.

The Kamal family, originally from India, settled in the technology industry in the United States and ran an education systems company called EduNova. The company no longer exists.

From becoming millionaires to bankruptcy

Rakesh Kamal, an alumnus of Boston University, MIT Sloan School of Management and Stanford University, had a rich career in education consulting and started an Ed-tech company with his wife in 2016.

EduNova has launched a ‘student success system’ designed to improve students’ grades in middle school, high school and college,” The Boston Globe newspaper reported.

The company did well at first, which led to the Kamals buying the 19,000-square-foot mansion, which has 11 bedrooms, for $4 million in 2019, according to state records.

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But the company went out of business in December 2021, records show. This was the beginning of a financial crisis for the couple, who went around as Rick and Tina.

Their sprawling estate was put on hold a year ago and sold to Massachusetts-based Wilsondale Associates LLC for $3 million. The mansion was valued at $5.45 million when it was sold.

Teena Kamal, a graduate of Harvard University and Delhi University in India, also filed for bankruptcy in September 2022, further highlighting the couple’s financial woes.

What happened on Thursday

Officers received a call at 7.24pm on Thursday night from a relative of the Kamal family who had come to check on them after not hearing from them for days.

The three Kamal family members were the only ones living in the mansion at the time, officials said, adding that the area, one of the wealthiest in the state, was a “nice neighborhood, a safe community.”

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The bodies of Rakesh, Teena and Ariana were found in the house when the police reached the spot.

The Norfolk District Attorney said they will be able to provide a definitive motive for the “horrific tragedy” and an investigation is still underway to find out what happened. He said that only after the verdict, the medical examiners will be able to judge whether to classify the incident as suicide or murder.

But he said a gun was found near Rakesh Kamal’s body.

“All I can tell you is that there was a gun in the premises and it was obvious to everyone who came in that all three members of the family were dead,” Mr Morrissey said.

Ariana’s Quest: A Short Life

Ariana, 18, was a student at Middlebury College, a $64,800-a-year private liberal arts school in Vermont, where she studied neuroscience, according to her LinkedIn.

Her school, Milton Academy, said in a statement that Ariana is a sweet, smart and kind young woman who is “just beginning to realize her full potential”.

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Officials said there has not been a reported homicide in Dover since 2020 and it was a very shocking incident.

“It’s very rare to have this kind of violent situation in almost any community in Norfolk County, but particularly in Dover,” Mr Morrissey said.

“It’s a small, well-run community, but like any other, there are issues that can affect no matter where you live.”

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