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*Santa Clara Police Release Relationship Of Those Killed At 4350 Headen Way

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Santa Clara police tonight released the relationship of those killed in an apparent murder-suicide Sunday night that left six family members dead and one critically injured.Police are not releasing the names of the victims until confirming family has been notified and declined to discuss details of a possible motive.However, Lt. Phil Cooke said tonight, “On the surface, financial stress does not appear to be a motive.”Officers responded to the shooting at a town home at 4350 Headen Way at about 8:30 p.m. Sunday and found seven people had been shot. Police said tonight it appears a 42-year-old man shot and critically injured his 34-year-old wife, and killed their 4-year-old daughter and 11-year-old son. The suspect also allegedly killed three of his wife’s relatives, a 35-year-old man, his 25-year-old wife and their 11-month-old daughter, who were visiting from India, Cooke said. The suspect, who allegedly died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound,had recently moved into the Headen Way home with his wife and their two children, Cooke said.Santa Clara police are working with the Indian consulate in San Francisco, which is providing assistance to investigators and helping to confirm identities of all the victims.The suspect’s two children attended a private school in Sunnyvale, school officials confirmed today.The 4-year-old girl was enrolled in preschool at the Challenger School in Sunnyvale, Challenger CEO Barbara Baker said. Baker said the boy was in the fifth grade. Regional executives from the Utah-based Challenger School network were at the organization’s Sunnyvale campus today, preparing to help students cope with the two students’ deaths, Baker said.The Sunnyvale campus serves 650 preschool through eighth-grade students. “Challenger expresses our deepest compassion and empathy to the family of friends of these students in this most sorrowful event,” Baker said today from the school’s main offices in Utah.She expressed particular sorrow for the boy’s classmates, who she said are at an age in which strong friendships start developing at school.”We have confidence in our students’ ability and strength to deal with sad things that happen,” Baker said.Evidence technicians were still working inside the house on Headen Way today, searching for evidence and answers. The home is part of the Rivermark development, and the area remained cordoned off for much of the day.

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