Sarthak and Varad

Photo of Sarthak and Varad, twin boys. They have black hair and light-brown skin, and are wearing collared shirts, one green and one blue. The boy in the green shirt is holding up two fingers in a "V" sign.Name: Varad.
Name: Sarthak.

Age at death: 7.
Died: September 9, 2017.
Cause of death: Murder-suicide.
Location: Kalwa, Thane, India.
Disability: Developmental disability.

Details:
Twin brothers Varad and Sarthak were killed–either poisoned or strangled–by their mother, who then committed suicide.

They took dance lessons and attended a special school.

Perpetrator: Archana Kadam (Mother).

Source: Mumbai woman battling depression strangles mentally challenged sons, hangs herself
Kalwa Murders and Suicide: ‘Mother was frustrated at mentally challenged twins’ condition’, says Police

Ursula Cabalzar

Photo of Ursula Cabalzar, a heavyset woman wearing a red sweater. Her graying blonde hair is cut short; she has sunglasses propped up on her head. Her skin is pink.Name: Ursula Cabalzar.
Died: August 8, 2017.
Age at death: 68.
Cause of death: Murder-suicide.
Location: Santa Clara, California, USA.
Disability: Killer believed she had dementia.

Details:
Ursula’s husband believed she was in the early stages of dementia, so instead of going to a doctor, he shot her dead and then killed himself.

Perpetrator: Michael Reyer (Husband).

Source:
Ursula Cabalzar, age 68
Police Investigate 2 Deaths in Santa Clara as Murder-Suicide
PRESS RELEASE – Murder / Suicidea
Santa Clara murder-suicide: Mental decline cited as motive for killing

Naoko Kaup

No PhotoName: Naoko Kaup.
Died: July 16, 2017.
Age at death: 84.
Cause of death: Murder-suicide.
Location: Jacksonville, North Carolina, USA.
Disability: Dementia, chronic illness.

Details:
Naoko was shot by her husband in a murder-suicide.

She was a Hiroshima survivor and the mother of two sons.

Perpetrator: Milton Kaup (Husband).

Source:
Sheriff: Death of two elderly Onslow residents likely murder-suicide
Sheriff: Deaths of 2 Onslow County residents suspected to be murder-suicide
UPDATED: Murder-suicide suspected in elderly couple’s death
Naoko Kaup’s Obituary on Jacksonville Daily News

Palak

Photo of Palak, a teenager wearing a blue shirt. Her hair is short, and her skin is tan. The photo is indistinct and small.Name: Palak (n/a).
Died: July 15, 2017.
Age at death: 14.
Cause of death: Murder-suicide.
Location: Ludhiana, Punjab, India.
Disability: Autism.

Details:
Before killing himself, Palak’s father hanged her because he was “worried about her future”.

She is survived by her brother and mother, who were not home at the time of the murder.

Perpetrator: Mukesh Kumar (Father).

Man kills autistic daughter, hangs self
Trader kills mentally ill daughter, ends life
Father kills daughter, hangs self in Jagraon

Virginia Villa

Photo of Virginia Villa, an elderly Latina. She has white hair and is wearing glasses and a black and white sweater. Off to the sides of the picture, two people have their arms around her shoulders.Name: Virginia Villa.
Died: July 12, 2017.
Age at death: 73.
Cause of death: Murder-suicide.
Location: Pacoima, California, USA.
Disability: Chronic illness.

Details:
Virginia was shot by her husband in a murder-suicide.

Perpetrator: Gilbert Villa (Husband).

Source: Elderly couple killed in Pacoima murder-suicide is identified
Virginia Villa, 73 – The Homicide Report
Virginia Villa, age 73

Grant Heckman

Name: Grant Heckman.
Died: June 19, 2017.
Age at death: 28.
Cause of death: Murder-suicide.
Location: Westphalia, Michigan, USA.
Disability: Cerebral palsy.

Details:
Grant was shot by his father in a murder-suicide.

Grant was named prom king at his special education graduation ceremony. He liked going on walks with his grandfather, and his favorite song was Somewhere Over the Rainbow.

Perpetrator: George Heckman (Father).

Source:
‘Saw his son suffer too much, too long,’ friend says of principal in murder-suicide
Principal suspected of killing son, himself in murder-suicide
Police: Pewamo-Westphalia principal killed son, self
Death of elementary principal, son shock small Michigan town
“Losing touch with Reality”: The science behind murder-suicides
Principal suspected in murder-suicide acted ‘out of love,’ friend says
Principal kills himself and disabled son
Murder-suicide of principal, son “leaves a big hole in everyone’s heart”
Why? George Heckman Pewamo-Westphalia principal shoots disabled son dead then self – Scallywag and Vagabond
Police: Michigan elementary school principal killed severely handicapped son, self
Now what? A familiar fear when disabled children turn 26.

Sandra Nickells

No Photo
Name: Sandra Nickells.
Died: June 17, 2017.
Age at death: 72.
Cause of death: Murder-Suicide.
Location: Adamsville, Utah, USA.
Disability: Alzheimer’s, chronic illness.

Details:
Sandra was shot by her husband, who called police to report what he had done just before shooting himself as well.

Perpetrator: Tom Nickells (Husband).

Source:
Man and wife die in murder-suicide in Beaver County

Lorraine Smith

Photo of Lorraine Smith. She is a woman with light skin and straight brown hair cut to chin-length with bangs. She is smiling at the camera. She is wearing a blue silk turtleneck blouse and some blue beads.Name: Lorraine Gladys Smith, née Shiel.
Died: May 17, 2017.
Age at death: 53.
Cause of death: Murder-suicide.
Location: Jefferson Township, Pennsylvania, USA.
Disability: “Serious medical issues”.

Details:
Lorraine was shot by her husband in a murder-suicide.

She was a mother of one who enjoyed sewing and collecting Kewpie dolls.

Perpetrator: Edward Smith (Husband).

Source:
Washington County couple dies in murder-suicide
Two identified in apparent murder-suicide in Eldersville
Man, woman found dead in apparent murder-suicide
Police Investigating Apparent Murder-Suicide In Washington Co.
Lorraine Smith Obituary

Gail Caulfield

No PhotoName: Gail Caulfield.
Died: May 10, 2017 (Body found).
Age at death: 75.
Cause of death: Murder-suicide.
Location: Deltona, Florida, USA.
Disability: Alzheimer’s disease.

Details:
Gail was shot by her husband. He buried her body and claimed she had moved away. Some time later, he committed suicide himself just after telling police where her body was.

Perpetrator: Laurence Caulfield (Husband).

Source:
Deputies investigate possible murder-suicide of elderly Deltona couple
Detectives investigating possible murder-suicide in Deltona after man found dead from self-inflicted gunshot wound
Body found in back yard of Deltona home where husband killed self, deputies say
Volusia deputies find body buried in yard after man leaves note about killing wife, kills self
Florida man shoots self and says wife is buried out back
Woman dies, man kills himself when confronted by Osceola County deputies
Sheriff: Human remains found in Deltona backyard where man took his own life, left note saying he killed wife
Man Kills Himself And Leaves Note Saying He Buried Wife In The Backyard
Fla. man kills self, claims in note he buried wife’s body in yard
Man killed wife who was suffering from Alzheimer’s, deputies say

Estelle Swanson

Photo of Essie Swanson, a middle-aged woman with short light-brown hair, fair skin, and glasses, wearing a sundress and photographed outside.Name: Estelle “Essie” Millifera Swanson.
Died: April 9, 2017.
Age at death: 66.
Cause of death: Murder-suicide.
Location: Kirkland, Washington, USA.
Disability: Chronic illness or mental illness.

Details:
Essie was stabbed to death by her husband in a murder-suicide.

She was a retired physical therapist and the mother to one daughter. She enjoyed woodworking, hiking, and badminton. She volunteered for a cat rescue, fostering kittens who needed a temporary home to grow big enough to be adopted. When she was murdered, she had just bought tickets and was looking forward to traveling the world, a life-long dream.

Perpetrator: David Swanson (Husband).

Source:
Police: Kirkland couple dead in murder-suicide were confronting ‘health issues’
Essie Swanson Obituary – Kirkland, Washington