UPDATE: West Des Moines death investigation

Post Date:06/17/2019 2:30 PM


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West Des Moines police continue their investigation into the Sunkara family deaths on June 15th. Forensic autopsies were conducted June 16th. The State Medical Examiner’s Office has determined the causes of death for all four family members to be gunshot wounds. The manners of death for Lavanya Sunkara and the two boys are homicide. The manner of death for Chandrasekhar Sunkara is suicide.

Officials are working with surviving family members to provide support. Investigators are continuing to review evidence and conduct interviews.

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