Rakesh, Teena and Arianna Kamal: Cause of death revealed after family found dead in US mansion

Authorities have revealed how a family of three wound up dead in their $8 million US mansion on Thursday night with no sign of a break-in.

Investigators determined that the tragedy that claimed the lives of Rakesh and Teena Kamal as well as their teenage daughter, Arianna, was the result of a murder-suicide, the Norfolk District Attorney’s Office in the state of Massachusetts announced Tuesday.

Rakesh Kamal, 57, is believed to have shot dead his 54-year-old wife, Teena, and 18-year-old Arianna before turning the gun on himself inside their sprawling home in Dover, south west of Boston, prosecutors said, according to US TV station NBC-Boston.

A .40-caliber Glock 22, which was not registered to Kamal, was recovered at the scene, officials said.

District Attorney Michael Morrissey previously described their deaths as a “domestic violence situation” and said there was no evidence of the involvement of any outside party as a gun was found near the husband’s body.

But the prosecutor stopped short of calling the tragedy a murder-suicide — or even confirming that the three were shot — until the medical examiner conducted autopsies.

A relative made the grim discovery when they stopped by the 11-bed, 13-bath home the Thursday after Christmas to check on the family after failing to reach any of them. The mansion — estimated to be worth $8.10 million — still had Christmas lights up as police cars blocked its entrance the next day.

The couple’s daughter, who was studying neuroscience at Middlebury College in Vermont, was home for the Christmas holidays at the time of her murder.

The Kamals were facing financial troubles before the murder-suicide, according to records reviewed by The New York Post.

Their massive home, a 1765 square metre estate, was repossessed from the family a year ago and was sold to Massachusetts based Wilsondale Associates LLC for $4.45 million, according to property records.

The family purchased the home in 2019 for $5.94 million, the records show.

Teena Kamal — who previously ran an education systems company called EduNova with her husband — also filed for bankruptcy in September 2022, listing between $1.5 million and $15 million in liabilities, filings show. The case, however, was dismissed two months later due to insufficient documentation.

EduNova was launched in 2016 but was dissolved in December 2021, according to state records.

The family had no previous reports involving domestic issues, according to Mr Morrissey.

“This is very unfortunate and our heart goes out to the entire Kamal family on this terrible tragedy,” he said at the initial press briefing.

“I hate to see it at any time,” Mr Morrissey added of domestic violence incidents. “I think some of the tensions that people feel in relationships often come out around the holidays.”

This story appeared in the New York Post and is reproduced with permission.

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