SAN JOSE, Calif.- A well-known Indian IT professional and his wife were murdered by a jilted lover of their daughter. The macabre killing of Naren Prabhu and his wife Raynah Sequeira has jolted the entire Indian American community that has faced a spate of attacks across the US in the last couple of months.
The news of attacks on Indian Americans, among the most prosperous and educationally most advanced ethnic group in the US has become very common these days. And this is creating a sense of fear among many. Thankfully the strong police response and support from authorities has kept their faith alive in the law and order.
On Wednesday, a jilted lover of the couple’s daughter, Rachel, took them and their younger daughter hostage. A SWAT team was called. Later the couple was murdered while the ex lover of Rachel was killed in the police response. Naren’s 20 year old also suffered a gunshot wound. It was he who called the police and tried to rescue his parents and younger sister.
San Jose Police Chief Eddie Garcia, while talking about the entire incident said, “When officers arrived at the home they saw an adult man deceased in the front doorway suffering from at least one gunshot wound…Officers learned from the adult son that his mother and 13-year-old brother, along with the suspect, were still inside the house. In addition, [he] thought his mom had been shot.”
A CBS report while talking about the incident says that upon their arrival, negotiators began talking with Tatlic, but he refused to surrender. At one point, he used the young teen as a human shield, but eventually let him leave the house, police said.
The CBS report while quoting the police chief says, “The suspect appeared at [a window] at one point and pointed a handgun at officers…In fear for the lives of fellow officers and victims that still may have been in the house, at least one round was fired by an officer, striking the suspect.”
Naren Prabhu was a well-known face in the Silicon Valley. He was working with Juniper Networks’ Sunnyvale campus for 14 years, according to his LinkedIn profile. He first began working for the company in 1998 at its Mountain View campus. Next year would have marked his 20th anniversary at the company. Prabhu’s Linkedin profile shows a compliment from a past co-worker who praised his integrity. “His passion for the company and his team is unquestionable,” reads a comment from Christopher Baker, who listed himself as having worked with Prabhu at Juniper Networks. “His integrity and authenticity allows him to build trusted relationships that are truly admirable. I would welcome the opportunity to work with him again.”