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Murder-suicide victims were popular students at Collegium Charter School

Two of the children killed in a murder-suicide on Jan. 24 at their West Whiteland home were popular students at Collegium Charter School in Exton.

West Whiteland Police and the Chester County District Attorney's office continues to investigate the murder-suicide of four family members found in the basement of their home on Mountain View Drive, where they lived for two years.

The deceased were identified as Deepak Prabakhar Kulkarni, 50, Arti Madhusudan Ayda, 47, Shubham Deepak Kulkarni, 15, and Sharvil Deepak Kulkarni, 8, all of West Whiteland Township. Both Shubham and Shavil attended Collegium Charter School.

"We are extremely shocked and deeply saddened by the tragic deaths of our students, Shubham and Sharvil Kulkarni, and their family members," said Marita K. Barber, chief executive officer at Collegium Charter School. "We continue to focus on supporting our students and staff as we come to terms with this unspeakable loss."

Barber said Collegium counselors and mental health therapists are available to provide both online and onsite support for our employees, students, and their families. She said Collegium is also leveraging the expertise of the Crisis Team from the Chester County Intermediate Unit and resources from the Chester County Crime Victims’ Unit.

"Shubham and Sharvil will remain as valued members of our school community and will be forever loved by their teachers and classmates," Barber said. "We stand with those that grieve their loss and will miss their presence immensely. We extend our sympathies, thoughts, and prayers to the extended members of the Kulkarni Family during this difficult time. Leaders and educators across our campus are already discussing how we can memorialize the positive impact Shubham and Sharvil have had on our school community."

A check at the Chester County Protonotary's office revealed no court action in the Kulkarni household.

Preliminary investigation by authorities indicates that all four of the family members sustained gunshot wounds.

The final cause and manner of death are pending autopsies and further investigation by the Chester County Coroner’s Office, the West Whiteland Township Police Department, and Chester County Detectives.

Anyone with further information concerning this investigation is asked to call West Whiteland Police at 610-692-5100. Police urge anyone who needs support to contact the National Suicide Prevention hotline at 1-800-273-8255.


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