An Iowa Department of Public Safety employee, his wife and their two sons who were found dead in their home in a Des Moines neighborhood had been shot, investigators said Sunday.
Police in West Des Moines said the bodies of Chandrasekhar Sunkara, 44, Lavanya Sunkara, 41, a 15-year-old boy and a 10-year-old boy were found in their home on Saturday morning.
The Department of Public Safety said Sunday that Chandrasekhar Sunkara, who was known as Chandra, was a civilian information technology professional in the agency's Technology Services. Bureau
"Our hearts and prayers go out to the family and friends of the Sunkaras," it said.
Shrikar Somayajula, a co-owner of and partner in A Grade Ahead, an after-school enrichment academy in The names of the students who were the school in national school competitions and wanted to go to one of the elite Ivy League colleges.
The boys "really bright children, really heads down," Somayajula customs NBC affiliate WHO of Des Moines, adding, "The family was very friendly family, so it's really painful."
" in the Indian community, let alone a heinous act like this, he said. "We have more questions than answers now as to why this happened, and we will probably never find out." Police said other members of the family, two adults and two children, were staying in the home as guests. When the bodies were discovered, one of the relatives ran outside looking for help and found a passerby, who called 91
No suspect was reported to be in custody, but police said they were confident that there was no threat to the community .