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Juniper Networks VP Naren Prabhu and wife shot dead in San Jose

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Naren Prabhu, left, seen here with his daughter, Rachel Prabhu. The former was gunned down by Rachel’s ex-boyfriend last week.

SAN JOSE, Calif. (Diya TV) — A 24-year-old man who shot and killed the parents of his ex-girlfriend has been killed by police, authorities said Friday.

Shortly after 9 p.m. Wednesday, the couple’s 20-year-old son notified authorities that he had found his father shot to death in the doorway of their San Jose home, police later identified that man as Naren Prabhu, who was the vice president of engineering at Jupiter Networks. The son worried that his mother had fallen victim to the rampage, as well.

“When officers arrived at the home they saw an adult man deceased in the front doorway suffering from at least one gunshot wound,” San Jose Police Chief Eddie Garcia said. “Officers learned from the adult son that his mother and 13-year-old brother, along with the suspect, were still inside the house. In addition, [he] thought his mom had been shot.”

A standoff quickly developed at the home. The suspect, later identified as Mirza Tatlic, had barricaded himself inside of Prabhu’s home, SWAT were called to intervene and neighbors were ordered to take shelter in their homes.

When negotiators arrived and begun speaking with Tatlic, he refused to surrender. At one point, Tatlic used Prabhu’s 13-year-old son as a human shield, but eventually let him leave the house, police said.

“The suspect appeared at [a window] at one point and pointed a handgun at officers,” Garcia explained. “In fear for the lives of fellow officers and victims that still may have been in the house, at least one round was fired by an officer, striking the suspect.”

Authorities entered the home and found the bodies of a man and a woman, both of whom had been shot to death.The coroner’s office identified the man as Prabhu, his wife’s identity has not been released. Tatlic was pronounced dead at the scene. A preliminary investigation revealed Tatlic was the ex-boyfriend of the couple’s daughter — Rachel Prabhu — who was not home at the time of the shooting.

Authorities said the family had a restraining order against Tatlic, but that proved futile in ultimately protecting them.

“The relationship ended last year,” Garcia said. “The suspect had a history of domestic violence and there was an active criminal restraining order.”

The daughter’s trouble relationship had played out for months on social media outlets, with increasingly ominous posts revealed on Instagram. On April 25, Tatlic wrote that there would be “no mercy on the ones that love you most.” He also posted a picture of his ex-girlfriend with the caption, “The devil smiles but the eyes sells the devil.” A final post showed a pack of cigarettes and the words, “Hope I get more than just one…the real Mirzat…sucks this cost me my lyf.”

“We were dealing with someone who was mentally ill,” Garcia added. “He had choices. He didn’t give this family a choice. He didn’t give my officer a choice.”

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BREAKING: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dies at 87

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has died at 87. She was the oldest sitting member of the court. Justice Ginsburg was only the second woman named to the Supreme Court. A cultural and feminist icon, Ginsburg was appointed to the Court by President Bill Clinton, and her passing will set off a showdown in the coming weeks before the November election. In a message left this week as her health waned, Ginsburg said “my most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed.” But Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell shortly after Ginsburg’s death was announced said the Senate will conduct a vote to replace her and President Trump is expected to put forth a nominee to fill the seat in the coming days.

An Indian American doctor filed a federal lawsuit against the Aurora, Colorado police department after one of their police officers pointed a gun at him on his own property while he was trying to park his car. The incident was captured on video. The officer, Justin Henderson, has been suspended for 40 hours without pay and will be required to attend de-escalation training. 45 year old Dr. Paramjit Parmar, who is known in Aurora for his aid to refugees, believes race affected how he was treated and said Henderson’s punishment is “terribly inadequate.”

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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SEATTLE (Diya TV) — The recall effort against Seattle City Councilwoman Kshama Sawant can move forward after a ruling by a King County judge. Superior Court Judge Jim Rogers said four of the six accusations against Sawant are legitimate. They include misuse of city resources, misuse of her position by letting protesters into City Hall, relinquishing her duties of office to an outside political organization and leading a protest to Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan’s house despite her address being protected due to threats from her time as a U.S. Attorney. 

Now, the group of residents leading the recall must get about 11,000 valid signatures before the recall gets on the ballot. Sawant in response said this battle is just the latest attempt by corporate interests and Mayor Durkan to derail her efforts to reform the city and announced she will lead a grassroots campaign to fight the charges.

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Indian Prime Minister Modi turned 70 years old and received birthday wishes from around the globe, including from President Trump, who called Modi “a great leader and loyal friend.”

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Indiaspora & AAPI data survey Indian American voters

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SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) — At a virtual event featuring the former CEO of the Democratic National Committee, Seema Nanda, Democratic Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi and Republican Ohio State Representative Niraj Antani, non-profit Indiaspora teamed up with AAPI Data to reveal the growing political power of the Indian American diaspora. The joint report says 66% of Indian Americans currently favor Vice President Biden, and 28% favor President Trump. The study shows an enormous rise in political engagement from the community. There are 1.8 million Indian Americans in the U.S. who are eligible voters and both sides of the aisle recognize the need to further engage Indian Americans, who AAPI Data notes is now the largest part of the Asian American community, surpassing Chinese Americans.

Eric Trump, President Trump’s son, took part in an Indian Voices for Trump event in suburban Atlanta. It was an indoor rally with appropriate social distancing measures in place. Trump was on hand to win support from the community in a vital state that will be tightly contested this fall. Georgia, like North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Florida, Michigan and Texas are considered in play and have growing Indian American populations.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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