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International hunt for NRI after his wife and two children were found slain in US


Novi, MI, Oct. 31, 2008
Manprit Kaur

Lakshminivasa Rao Nerusu, 42, Telugu, residence of Novi (20 miles from Detroit), Michigan, killed his family, reportedly due to financial crisis. He stabbed his wife, Jayalakshmi and also killed two children- daughter Tejasvi, 14 and son Siva, 12.

Recently, he lost his job as a fallout of the financial crisis and is absconding after committing the crime.

According to the police:

  • We found the bodies on the first floor of their two-story town home on Wharton Court, after a relative of the victims reported he had not heard from the family in several days.
  • There was a significant amount of trauma to the head and neck areas of each victim
  • The crime scene as “brutal” and “very disturbing
  • There is no domestic violence incidents regarding the Nerusu family
  • All three victomd had defensive wounds on the arms and hands as if they attempted to fend off blows
  • Jayalakshmi was a housewife; daughter was attending Walled Lake Western High, and son, Geisler Middle School.

Investigators say Nerusu could have faced financial problems and their family car was repossessed about a month ago.

US financial storm kills 2nd Indian family. Last month, in Los Angeles, NRI Karthik Rajaram, 45, an unemployed financial advisor killed himself and shot five family members:

The investigation is ongoing. The Michigan State Police Northville Crime Lab is assisting. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Novi Police Department at (248) 348-7100.




Lakshminivasa Rao Nerusu, residence of Novi, absconding after his wife and two children were found slain in US


Siva, 12.

Tejasvi, 14