West Des Moines death investigation
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West Des Moines police are releasing more information related to the death investigation in the 900 block of 65th Street. They now confirm the deaths of four people inside the home. Chandrasekhar Sunkara 44 years old, Lavanya Sunkara 41 years old, a 15 year old boy and a 10 year old boy were pronounced dead at the scene. All four lived in the home.
Autopsies will be performed at a later date and will determine the cause of death for each person. Police did, however, report apparent gunshot wounds to each.
“This tragedy will impact family, friends, co-workers, anyone that new this family” said Sergeant Dan Wade. “We are continuing to work through this investigation. We will follow through until we have answered as many questions as the evidence allows. We are confident, though, that there is no continuing threat to the community.”
Police say other family members, two adults and two children, were staying as guests. When the victims were discovered, one of the survivors ran outside looking for help. He found someone walking through the neighborhood and that person called 911.
The Iowa Department of Criminal Investigation is processing the scene as West Des Moines detectives continue their investigation.