Causes of Death Determined in Murder-Suicide
Police found bodies at Johns Creek apartment complex on Monday.
Updated, Tuesday, Feb. 5, 5:15 p.m.:
The causes of death in the murder-suicide that claimed the lives of a family of four in a Johns Creek apartment complex were hanging, injury by sharp objects and blunt force trauma, said Police Chief Ed Densmore on Tuesday.
The two children, Sartaj and Gurtej Grover, died from homicide by sharp force injuries to the neck; their mother, Damanjit "Daisy" Kaur Grover, died from homicide by blunt force trauma to the head; and the father, Shivinder Singh Grover, died from suicide by hanging.
"I'd like to first give our condolences to the Grover family for the tragic situation they suffered," Densmore said. The "Fulton County Medical Examiner gave his ruling a short time ago which confirmed our initial suspicion yesterday . . . that is was a murder-suicide."
Densmore said that investigators are still on the scene at Aylesbury Apartments and that a motive has not yet been released. He also did not give a time nor date of death.
See accompanying video for Densmore's complete statement.
Updated, Tuesday, Feb. 5, 9:40 a.m.:
The bodies of a family of four found dead at Aylesbury Farm Apartments in Johns Creek on Monday have been identified as Shivinder Singh Grover, 52 (male); Damanjit Kaur Grover, 47 (female); Sartaj Singh Grover, 12 (male); and Gurtej Singh Grover, 5 (male), by the Fulton County Medical Examiner's office.
While Johns Creek Police said Monday that the deaths are the result of an apparent murder-suicide, a representative from the ME's office told Patch that the autopsy is being conducted this morning and an official cause of death is expected to be released this afternoon.
Meanwhile, WSB TV reports that friends gathered at the family's worship place, Sikh Gurudwara in Roswell, to mourn Monday evening.
Updated, Monday, Feb. 4, 6:15 p.m.:
Two adults and two children who were found dead in an Aylesbury Farms apartment on Abbotts Bridge Road in Johns Creek on Monday were the victims of an apparent murder-suicide, police say.
The bodies were found after Johns Creek Police conducted a welfare check Monday morning after a call from a concerned co-worker of one of the victims came in through emergency dispatch at 11:30 a.m.
Police have not released an official cause of death, pending a report from the Fulton County Medical Examiner. The names of the victims will not be released until relatives are notified.
The victims were found throughout the first-floor apartment and included an adult male, an adult female, and two male children, ages approximately 12 and 5.
Johns Creek Police Chief Ed Densmore described the scene as "complicated," since it involved four bodies. He also said that this is the first homicide in Johns Creek since it became a city some six years ago.
Densmore said the scene has been hard on his detectives and crime scene investigators. "We're all human, we're all parents," he said. "When you deal with something like this it's going to take a little bit out of you."
Original story, Monday, Feb. 4, 2:41 p.m.:
Four people have been found dead in Aylesbury Farms apartments on Abbotts Bridge Road, according to the Johns Creek Police Department.
Police found the bodies of two adults and two children mid-morning today, Monday, Feb. 4, while conducting a welfare check, said Johns Creek's Communications Manager Rosemary Taylor, who added that all four bodies were found in one unit, No. 601.
Aylesbury Farms is located at 6115 Abbotts Bridge Road near Bell Road.
The chief of police is expected to deliver a statement this afternoon.
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