by: Tony Thomas Updated:
JOHNS CREEK, Ga. - The Fulton County medical examiner has determined the cause of death of a family of four found dead in their Johns Creek home on Monday.
Officials with the Medical Examiner's Office identified the victims as Shindiver Grover, his wife Damanjit, and their two sons – 12-year-old Sartaj and 5-year-old Gurtej.
The medical examiner said both children died of sharp-force injuries to the neck and the wife suffered blunt-force head injuries. The manner of death for all three was ruled a homicide. Damanjit Grover's employer, Emory Healthcare, released a statement about the loss.
"Daisy was a beloved member of the Emory Healthcare staff and was known for her love and compassion for her children, family and patients. Our deepest sympathy and condolences go out to Daisy’s family members and friends during this time of loss," the statement said.
Shindiver Grover's death was ruled a suicide by hanging.
Friends gathered at their Sikh Gurdwara, a place of worship, in Roswell on Monday to mourn.
"It is very hard to believe," one leader said at the gathering. "It's a big loss, it's even harder to accept to such a nice loving family."
Johns Creek police said a friend of the deceased woman called police Monday morning, worried about the family because the woman had not reported to work.
When officers arrived at the apartment on Abbotts Bridge Road around 11:30 a.m., they said they found the four bodies in the first-floor apartment.
Police are not releasing much information, except to say the crime has shaken even veteran investigators.
"It's throughout the apartment. It's a rather complicated crime scene as we go through it. We are going to be here for hours," said Johns Creek police Chief Ed Densmore.
Stunned neighbors watched police work Monday afternoon, recounting pleasant encounters with the family and remembering how the father would frequently walk his sons to the bus stop.
"With the family values we have in India, with two small kids, I mean, nobody can hurt their own children," said neighbor Bashir Farishda.