Teena, Rakesh, Ariana Kamal Remembered – NBC Boston

The community surrounding a family found murdered in their Dover, Mass., home was coming to terms with their deaths Friday, even though much of what happened remained under investigation.

The Kamal family’s home, at the end of a private road lined with large houses, was festively decorated for Christmas on Friday, the day after the bodies of Ariana, 18; Teena; 54; and Rakesh, 57, were found there by a relative.

A sign outside on Wilson’s Way welcomes visitors to Enchanted Acres. Another sign reads Kamals under an image of a horse’s head.

Outside the Kamal family home on Friday, December 29, 2023, the day after all three – Ariana, Tiena and Rakesh – were found dead.
Packages outside the Kamals’ Dover, Massachusetts home.

Ariana Kamal was a student at Middlebury College, Norfolk County District Attorney Michael Morrissey said at a news conference as he identified the family, and the prestigious Milton Academy released a statement confirming that she graduated from the school this summer and “was a sweet, smart, kind young woman a woman who was just beginning to realize her full potential.”

Her mother, Tina, was also involved with the school, according to the statement — she was the head of the high school’s parent association and “was a dedicated and caring advocate for both parents and students at Milton.”

“Milton Academy is heartbroken to learn of the death of Ariana Kamal, a recent graduate of the Class of 2023, and of her parents, Rakesh Kamal and Tiena Kamal. Our thoughts are with all members of the Kamal family, their friends and our entire school community,” the full statement read. “Aria was a sweet, smart, kind young woman who was just beginning to realize her full potential. Her mother, Tina, who was president of our High School Parents’ Association, was a dedicated and caring advocate for both parents and students at Milton. This is a devastating loss for our community. We are providing grief counseling and support to students, parents and faculty who may need support as they process this incredibly sad news.”

In a message to the school community, Middlebury College President Lori Patton and Vice President for Student Affairs Smita Ruzicka said resources are available to support them during winter break.

“Once we return from vacation, we will work with Aria’s friends and possibly her extended family to plan a proper memorial. We will share details as they become available,” the message read. “We know this news will be difficult for those who knew Aria, those who have experienced domestic violence, those who are grieving other losses, and our entire community.”

Teena Kamal was also on the Massachusetts regional board of directors for the American Red Cross, a representative confirmed Friday, calling what happened a deeply sad tragedy.

“Our hearts go out to their loved ones at this devastating time,” the Red Cross said in a statement.

It is unclear how the three family members died. Morrissey said Friday morning that the medical examiner’s office is investigating, although he said a gun was found next to Rakesh Kamal’s body. He also said there was no apparent threat to the community after what appeared to be a case of domestic violence.

“There were no signs of any kind of break-in,” Morrissey told reporters, adding, “I’m led to believe it’s safe to say it’s probably a domestic incident.”

There were no other members in Kamal’s immediate family, according to Morrissey, but he said they had family both in the area and abroad.

As the investigation continued, Morrissey reiterated that the death appeared to be the result of domestic violence. He noted that Massachusetts has a domestic violence hotline at 877-785-2020.

Dover police responded to the Wilson’s Way residence around 7:30 p.m. Thursday after receiving a 911 call at 7:24 p.m. from a family member who had stopped to check on the family, according to the Norfolk District Attorney’s Office. The family member who lives in the area has not heard from Kamal for a day or two.

Morrissey said this is the second death investigation he has conducted in Dover since becoming district attorney — the other was in 2020. His message to Dover residents was, “Say a prayer and their hearts should go out to the entire Kamal family and they need to feel safe.”

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