Iowa Family of Four Found Shot to Death in Their Home

Investigators outside the home in West Des Moines, Iowa, where a family of four were found dead on Saturday with gunshot wounds.
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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. Autopsies were pending to determine the official causes of death, but police said all had gunshot wounds.

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 Des Moines, said the boys, whose names haven’t been released because they were juveniles, were star students who represented the school in national scholastic competitions and “wanted to go to one of the elite Ivy League colleges.”

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SOURCE: NBC News, Alex Johnson