Tragic triple homicide: Indian student in New Jersey shoots uncle and grandparents

| Updated: 29 November, 2023 5:13 pm IST
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NEW DELHI: An unsettling incident that unfolded in South Plainfield, New Jersey, has sent shockwaves through the community, as a 23-year-old Indian student, Om Brahmbhatt, stood accused of a horrific triple murder within the confines of a condominium. The victims of this tragic event were none other than his own grandparents, Dilipkumar and Bindu Brahmbhatt, both 72 years old and their son, Yashkumar Brahmbhatt, aged 38.
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The distressing episode came to light when authorities swiftly responded to a distress call at the Coppola Drive residence on a fateful Monday. A scene of unimaginable horror awaited them, with Dilipkumar and Bindu found lifeless from gunshot wounds, while Yashkumar, succumbed to his injuries while being rushed to the hospital.

Om Brahmbhatt now faces an overwhelming accusation of three counts of first-degree murder along with charges related to weapon possession. His relatively recent relocation to New Jersey, coupled with his residency at the condominium where the tragic incident took place, has become a focal point of investigations.


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Reports allege that Om used a handgun procured through an online purchase to perpetrate this heinous act. Chillingly, he himself alerted emergency services via a 911 call, cryptically suggesting potential involvement in the devastating events, stating, “It might be me.”


Neighbours, stunned by the brutality of the act, revealed unsettling details about prior police visits to the condominium due to reported domestic disturbances. Jim Short, a neighbour, shared his shock, saying, “I didn’t really know them, I just know one time the police were there for a domestic violence call. Can happen anywhere but it is really creepy, it’s right downstairs.”

Amidst the tragedy, Yashkumar’s wife, Nikki Brahmbhatt, took to Facebook to express her profound grief and sorrow. She shared memories and pictures, grieving the loss of her husband, her parents-in-law, and the deep impact on their family. She asked for prayers for their souls and requested privacy for the family during this excruciatingly painful time.

As the community grapples with the shock and disbelief of this appalling incident, funeral arrangements for the victims remain pending, amplifying the anguish for those left behind. The family seeks solace and strength in prayers while coming to terms with the unfathomable loss they have suffered.


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