The family of a Massachusetts businessman who shot dead his wife and 18-year-old daughter in a horrific murder-suicide after falling into a mountain of debt have spoken out about their devastation.
Rakesh ‘Rick’ Kamal, 57, shot his wife Teena, 54, and their daughter Arianna multiple times in the head as they slept in their beds at the family’s $6.7 million Dover mansion last month.
The crime rocked the community, where Kamal was considered to be a wealthy entrepreneur and doting father running a successful start-up business.
However following his death, DailyMail.com uncovered documents that revealed Kamal had filed for bankruptcy and was served with an eviction notice just three months before the killings.
His family have since confirmed that the veneer of perfection ran so deep even his wife and daughter had no idea they were drowning in debt.
‘We put him on a pedestal so high you cannot imagine,’ Kamal’s brother-in-law Sandeep Bedi told the Boston Globe. ‘So now, for us to reconcile not just that he murdered my sister and my niece, but that he was lying to us for years — it just cannot even sink in.’
The family of Rakesh ‘Rick’ Kamal (right) who shot dead his wife and daughter at their Massachusetts home before turning the gun on himself have told of their devastation following the killings
Teena Kamal, 54, was found dead alongside her husband and teen daughter at her Dover home. Her husband had hidden the full extent of their financial woes from her
Arianna Kamal, 18, (pictured) was discovered dead with her parents in their Dover, Massachusetts, home. She recently graduated from Milton Academy and began attending Middlebury College to study neuroscience
The outlet also uncovered evidence that Kamal owed ‘a substantial amount of money’ to relatives, per probate documents filed at court.
Bedi added that he had loaned his brother-in-law $500,000 and that Kamal had forbidden him from telling his wife about it.
‘Teena had no clue that there were financial problems,’ Bedi added. ‘She thought that they were rolling in money.
‘I would never in my wildest dreams question what Rick is doing.’
The family was found dead by Kamal’s brother on December 28 three weeks after an eviction notice was served on their sprawling 20,000-square-foot home, which they bought for $4 million in 2019.
Now valued at $6.7 million, it has since emerged the mansion was bought with $3.8 million borrowed from the property’s builder rather than a bank, with the money needing to be repaid within two years.
But by 2021, interest and fines had spiraled out of control and despite an effort to restructure the mortgage, a foreclosure and eviction notices were served.
‘Had he shared it with Teena and us, this was not a problem that could not have been solved,’ Bedi said.
Kamal purchased his $6.7 million home predominantly using borrowed money and had received an eviction notice after failing to keep up repayments
Kamal was in serious financial troubles in the run up to the killings, but had led his family to believe he was still in the process of purchasing this $16.5 million Tennessee chateau
He added that the sole comfort of the entire situation is that investigators believe his sister and niece were asleep when they were shot multiple times.
‘That ignorance is bliss,’ Bedi said. ‘They didn’t see it coming.’
Even as the eviction was being processed, Teena was under the impression they were still moving forward with the purchase of a $16.5 million chateau along Tennessee’s Chickamauga Lake.
Listing agent James Perry said that Kamal had provided bank statements proving his ‘ability to purchase’. The family toured the property, with Teena even starting to purchase furniture – but the contract was never signed.
The illusion of wealth was propped up by Kamal at every turn. Arianna attended an elite private school Milton Academy and was given expensive music tuition while attending Middlebury College.
The family drove a luxury car and Kamal would continuously show up to work in bespoke tailoring, according to former colleagues who revealed that Kamal had been pushed out his role at Harvard Business School.
The father-of-one took on the role of chief technology officer in 2015 and was gone by 2019.
An archived version of the school’s website showed that his position was open less than four months after he bought the Dover property. His wife reportedly believed he was still employed there as late as 2023.
The Kamal family were found dead on Thursday night at their 27-room property on Wilson’s Way in Dover. The Kamals’ home was assessed at $6.7 million, according to town records
A veneer of wealth surrounded the family, which included the use of luxury cars and sending their daughter to a prestigious private school all while owing relatives money
The family’s name is seen on a sign outside their luxurious home
The couple operated at start-up, EduNova, an education tech company which he promoted on multiple daytime TV shows, positing himself as a parenting expert and offering tips.
However, the Globe found that his claims on the company website that he was graduate of the MIT Sloan School of Management were overstated.
Kamal merely participated in several nondegree executive courses and received a certificate. Several employees listed on the website also claimed they had nothing to do with the company.
Similarly, his wife’s claims that she was a Harvard alumnus could not be verified by the school.
Teena was an active member in her daughter’s school community and volunteered for the Red Cross, routinely donating more than $10,000 a year to the cause.
In 2022 her efforts saw her appointed to the board of directors of its Massachusetts arm and joining its Tiffany Circle for female donors.
Kamal portrayed himself as a doting father, even penning blog post extolling advice in 2012 on how to be an effective parent.
‘Cherish your child as much as you can in the present moment,’ he wrote.
Kamal presented as a doting dad, even appearing on daytime TV to offer parenting tips to promote his now defunct education tech company
‘Life is too short, and the years pass before you know it. Don’t waste one day. Express your love to your child today and as often as you can.’
His deception was confirmed by officials probing the case.
‘The investigation to this point has not produced evidence that either of the women knew the extent of the family’s financial problems,’ David Traub, a spokesperson for the Norfolk district attorney’s office, said.
DailyMail.com has contacted Harvard Business School for comment.