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    Unhappy Ugly: Jobless father kills family, self

    Police: Jobless father kills family, self - CNN.com

    LOS ANGELES, California (CNN) -- A man distraught because he could not find work shot and killed his mother-in-law, his wife and three sons and then killed himself inside a home in an upscale San Fernando Valley neighborhood, police said.

    Authorities said the man had an MBA in finance but appeared to have been unemployed for several months and had worked for major accounting firms, such as Price Waterhouse, police said.

    The two-story rented home is in gated community in Porter Ranch, about 20 miles northwest of Los Angeles.

    The names of the victims have not been released, said Deputy Chief of Police Michel Moore.

    The shootings were discovered at 7:15 a.m. Monday, when a neighbor called police to report that the wife had not picked her up as she usually did to take her to her job at a pharmacy, Moore said.

    The mother-in-law was 70; her daughter was 39; and the sons were 19, 12 and 7, Moore said. All were found inside bedrooms. A handgun, which was bought September 16, was recovered, he said.

    The killings are thought to have occurred after 6 p.m. Saturday, when the man was last seen, Moore said.

    Inside the house, three letters that appear to have been written by the suspect were found. One was to law enforcement acknowledging responsibility for the killings, a second to friends and relatives and a third that appears to be the suspect's will, Moore said.

    "He attests to some financial difficulties, and he takes responsibility for the taking of the lives of his family members and himself as a result of those financial difficulties," Moore said.

    No neighbors reported having heard gunshots, and there was no sign of forced entry at the house, Moore said.

    There is no evidence the suspected gunman had had any history of mental difficulties, Moore said.

    Neighbor Trish Harrison, who lives three houses from the crime scene, said the family had lived in the community for about a year. They kept to themselves and had little interaction with neighbors. The parents were from India, she said.

    The Los Angeles Unified School District was making arrangements for crisis counselors to visit the schools attended by the two younger sons.
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    It's a rough time to have an MBA in Finance. He may not have jumped out the proverbial stock market window, but you'd think it's not worth whacking your whole family.
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    The man was a coward...with no real concern for his family!
    I feel sorry for those who were in his charge.
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    Very, very , sad!!! My prayers for the surviving family members...

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    If they were from India as indicated, they have a completely different view of Family than the typical WASP US citizen. The man probably felt he and therefore his family were discraced by his inability to provide support. Different belief systems can yield significantly different results for a given situation.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TOF View Post
    If they were from India as indicated, they have a completely different view of Family than the typical WASP US citizen. The man probably felt he and therefore his family were discraced by his inability to provide support. Different belief systems can yield significantly different results for a given situation.
    I don't accept that kind of excuse. Feeling "disgraced" is another way of saying cowardice. I work with a fellow from india (and since I work in the tech sector in Northern VA/DC/MD area it's quite common). He immigrated here from india in search of the "American Dream". He definitely had his fair share of hard times along the way. Initially he came in on a student visa and eventually got his degree(s). Advanced math and science degrees. He couldn't get a reasonable paying job for years. Many factors probably. Too smart/over qualified for some, other's wouldn't sponsor a non citizen after his student visa was done, etc... etc... He kept pressing on and now he more than easily supports his own wife and child along with their extended family back home making well into the 6 figures.

    There are plenty of examples. I worked with a Network Engineer from Korea once that had previously been living in cardboard boxes...LITERALLY. Over the course of the time I got to know him I learned that in the end, he realized he had hit the bottom of the barrel and there was no lower he could go. He pulled himself up and got his act together studying hard while working day-labor jobs and now he's a millionaire.

    Life's about choices. This bugger took the coward way out and unfortunately decided to drag his family with him.
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    A waste of skin.

    I agree that he is a coward.

    Very sad for his victims.
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    ... The man probably felt he and therefore his family were discraced by his inability to provide support.
    Therefore, an entire generation deserves to be deprived life for his fiscal failures. Not good enough.

    IIRC, in feudal/Samurai Japanese society the traditional step for a "man of honor" would be to take his own life to avoid the shame of defeat and his part in it. That was a revered custom. Taking out your whole family, though, is multiple murder, plain and simple.
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