A Texas couple and their two young children were found dead Tuesday morning in their Katy home in a suspected triple murder-suicide, police say.
The victims have been identified as Jeremy Raju Srinivasan, 37, his wife, Natalie Altier Srinivasan, 35, their 5-year-old daughter, Sienna, and their 2-year-old son, MJ, KPRC-TV reports.
Police responded to the home in the Grayson Lake subdivision after receiving a call from the father of Jeremy Srinivasan, Lucky Srinivasan, according to police radio dispatches.
The four family members died of gunshot wounds. Police said the investigation is still underway, but investigators told KHOU-TV they believe Jeremy Srinivasan shot his family members before killing himself.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Jeremy Srinivasan Texted His Father, Saying ‘Send the Police’ & ‘Goodbye’
Police responded to the family’s home in the 1300 block of Longdraw Drive in the Grayson Lake subdivision of Katy, after receiving a call from Jeremy Srinivasan’s father. According to police dispatch recordings, the father told police that his son had texted him, writing “send the police,” and then “goodbye.”
When police went to the home, the officer said he found all the lights off and no one answered the door. When officers entered the home, they found the four family members dead.
You can listen to the police dispatch recordings from the incident below, courtesy of Broadcastify.com.
The first audio file is the original dispatch given to responding officers.
The second recording includes conversations between the responding officers and the dispatcher as they arrived at the scene.
The third file includes conversations with the responding officers and the dispatcher after the officers entered the Srinivasan’s home.
Police have not yet released any other information about the murder suicide. They have also not said if there was a history of domestic violence or any other incidents involving the family.
2. Neighbors Called Their Deaths a ‘Great Tragedy’ & a ‘Total Shock’
The murder suicide shocked the Grayson Lake subdivision where the Srinivasans lived.
“They were a lovely family. It’s a great tragedy. A total shock,” neighbor Amy Ballog told the Houston Chronicle. “Their kids played with all the neighbor kids, they went on family walks. … They came out to Super Bowl parties and crawfish boils.”
Another neighbor, Barbara Loven, told KPRC-TV, “Oh my goodness it’s terrible. I’ve got a granddaughter in bed sobbing. A grandson upstairs just staring at the wall. Kids are just devastated. They don’t understand. The chaplain has been over and that has been very helpful. It’s hard to explain that to a 12-year-old and a 13-year-old when they see these kids every day and play with them.”
Neighbors also told the newspaper they didn’t hear gunshots.
“We’re interviewing neighbors and family members and others to try to piece together exactly what took place here. We’re investigating this right now as a murder-suicide,” Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy Nehls told Click2Houston. “Anytime you have children involved like this. … it hits close. It’s hard.”
3. The Couple Married in 2009, a Year After Jeremy Divorced His First Wife
Jeremy Srinivasan and Natalie Altier married on December 11, 2009, in Harris County, Texas, according to online records.
The marriage came about a year after Jeremy Srinivasan divorced his first wife, according to court records. He did not have any children with his first wife.
Jeremy Srinivasan was the sole owner of their home at 1318 Longdraw Drive, according to online property records. The home was assessed at $316,930 in 2015.
He purchased the home in 2004.
4. Jeremy Srinivasan Owned a Light Bar Company in Katy & Posted About Conspiracy Theories on Facebook
Jeremy Srinivasan was originally from Houston, graduating from Memorial High School in 1997, according to his Facebook page.
His mother, Denise “Dee” Srinivasan, was the mayor of Hedwig Village, Texas, from 2001 until her death in 2005.
He started his own business in 2013, LED Shop of Texas, installing light bars and other accessories to trucks. His clients included local police departments.
Srinivasan appears to have been interested in conspiracy theories, based on several Facebook posts. In September 2015 he shared a link claiming the Virginia shooting of two TV news station employees by a disgruntled former co-worker was a hoax. His wife liked the post.
Shortly after that same shooting he shared a video recorded by the gunman and commented, “Fake!!!”
On his Facebook page, Srinivasan also made several posts about supporting police, being pro-gun and shared Conservative blog posts about America not doing enough to fight ISIS.
In July 2015, he posted a rant about the state of the country.
He shared a meme that same month showing the “Most Interesting Man in the World” saying, “I don’t always carry a gun. Just kidding. Yes I do.”
5. Natalie Altier Srinivasan Was a Former Cosmetologist & Stay-at-Home Mom Originally From the Chicago Area
Natalie Altier Srinivasan is originally from the Chicago, Illinois, area, according to her Facebook page.
She graduated from Driscoll Catholic High School in Addison, Illinois, and later studied at Elmhurst College and the Pivot Point Academy.
Natalie Srinivasan worked as a cosmetologist at two salons, before becoming a stay-at-home mom in 2009, according to her Linkedin page.
“She was somebody that would do anything that anybody needed. She was very spiritual. If I had problems I would call her and she would send me scriptures, come take me out and anything that you needed,” a friend, Tracee Dugal, told KPRC-TV.