SAN JOSE, Calif.- He was one of the top executives in a technology company for one and half decade. He belonged to one of the well-known faces among the thriving Indian American community in the Silicon Valley, known for being the Mecca of technology. To be fair, new technology has its biggest centers here and everyone who wants to be taken seriously in the tech world wants to be based here.
Naren Prabhu who was Vice President of Juniper Networks’ Sunnyvale campus for 14 years was shot dead at his San Jose home Wednesday. He and his wife, Raynah Sequeira, were first taken hostage by their daughter’s ex boyfriend and then shot dead from point blank range by a 24-year old. The shooter was later killed by the police.
Their 20-year old son was also injured by the shooter. It was the son who called 911 and told that his father, mother and younger sister had been taken hostage at their home.
“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”, San Jose Police Chief Eddie Garcia said.
The 24-year old youth who was shot dead by the police in retaliatory fire was later recognized as Tatlic Mirza. 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.”
In a press release, Naren Prabhu’s employer said, “Juniper Networks is deeply saddened by the recent loss of a longtime employee…We are focused on supporting our employees and their families through this difficult time.” A report says that Prabhu 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. Prabhu’s daughter who dated the killer till a few months ago was not living with the family at the time of the incident.