wealthy family found dead in their $6.7 million mansion had filed for bankruptcy and had a foreclosure notice on their home.
Teena Kamal, her husband Rakesh and their 18-year-old daughter Ariana were found dead in the 27-room home at 8 Wilson’s Way in Dover, Massachusetts’ richest town.
Although not confirmed, it is believed that this is a case of murder-suicide.
On December 28, 2023, a family member went to their home to check on them.
Once there, he discovered one of the bodies and called 911. Police discovered a further two bodies and a firearm.
Over the past two years, the Kamals faced financial trouble and in 2022, filed for bankruptcy.
Teena filed for Chapter 13 bankruptcy, listing between $1 million to $10 million in debt in September 2022.
The Wilson’s Way Homeowners Association was listed as a creditor.
However, the case was dismissed and eventually closed because the correct forms and documents were not filed.
There was also a foreclosure notice on the family’s home.
It sits on a private road that contains approximately eight mansions.
The couple were listed on the EduNova website, a defunct tech company that hawked a “student success system” to help them improve their grades.
The company dissolved in December 2021.
Teena was also listed as being on the board of the American Red Cross of Massachusetts.
According to her bio, she was “working with top university faculty and business executives to produce resources that prepare students to lead and thrive in the global economy”.
Before launching her own company, she worked at tech companies and Fidelity Investments.
It also states that she is an alumnus of Harvard University, and graduated from Delhi University.
The couple’s daughter Ariana graduated from the prestigious Milton Academy earlier in 2023. The school accepts around 14% of applicants and costs $64,800 a year.
After graduating, Ariana enrolled in Vermont’s Middlebury College to study neuroscience.
Ariana was also involved in tutoring as well as having an internship at Mass General Brigham – a not-for-profit, integrated health care system
The Norfolk District Attorney’s Office initially confirmed that three people were found dead.
At a press conference, DA Michael Morrissey said:
“This is an event to remember that the domestic violence crisis crosses all socio-economic and social situations.”
“During the search of the premises the police did find a firearm on the premises.
“It’s clear that this is a confined situation and is no threat to the residents of the town.
“This is very unfortunate and our hearts goes out to the entire Kamal family on this terrible tragedy.”
He added that there was no threat to the public.
“It’s a safe neighbourhood and the neighbours were not aware.”
Dover recorded its last homicide in 2020.
He said: “It’s very rare to have this kind of violent situation in any community in Norfolk county, particularly Dover, it’s a small, well-run and policed community.
“A lot of times the violence we see in Norfolk county is people who are known to each other, unfortunately.”