Arianna Kamal Dover Ma was an American teen who sadly died aged just 18 in an apparent murder-suicide in which both her parents also died.
The Wilson’s Way tragedy, which we reported on earlier, saw three people – a couple and their teenage daughter – being found dead in their Dover, Massachusetts, residence on Thursday night.
In a preliminary investigation, the Norfolk District Attorney’s Office said it appears to be “a deadly incident of domestic violence”, with the father, Rakesh Kamal believed to have shot and killed his wife, Teena Kamal and daughter, Arianna before turning the weapon on himself.
Whilst the manner of the deaths are yet to be officially confirmed, police have indicated this is what happened and Norfolk District Attorney Michael Morrissey said a gun was found on the person of Rakesh Rick Kamal.
Amidst this tragedy, the world is searching for more information about the family at the centre and in this article, we take a look at what we know of Arianna Kamal.
Who was Arianna Kamal Dover Ma?
Arianna Kamal Dover Ma was an American teen who sadly died in an apparent murder-suicide involving her parents.
Her father, Rakesh is believed to have shot and killed his wife, Teena and daughter Arianna and then turned the weapon on himself.
Police were dispatched at around 7:24 p.m. on Thursday to a home at 8 Wilson’s Way in Dover after receiving a 911 call from a relative who had stopped by to check on the three family members.
When police arrived at the scene, they found two adults — a man and a woman — and their teenage daughter dead inside.
The three were identified as Rakesh “Rick” Kamal, 57, his wife, Teena, 54, and their 18-year-old daughter Arianna.
So who was Arianna Kamal Dover Ma?
Arianna Kamal Dover Ma was a freshman at Middlebury College in Vermont where she started in August and was studying for a Bachelor of Arts in Neuroscience, scheduled to graduate in May 2027.
Unfortunately, her life would be cut short by her own father in a tragic manner, robbing her of all her dreams.
Arianna Kamal attended High School at Milton Academy in Milton, Massachusetts and during her time there served in numerous roles.
Following in the footsteps of her mother, Teenal Kamal, Arianna had her fingers in many pies and even at only 18 was already an incredibly accomplished young woman.
During her high school days, she was a Writing tutor between May 2021-Aug 2023, during which she “mentored freshmen and sophomores weekly with their writing assignments; taught writing skills, styles and grammar to international students and assisted 38 freshman students with their first academic writing assignments,”
Arianna Kamal Dover Ma was also a blood drive coordinator during her time in High School, between December 2021 and February 2022,”
In this role, she “organized a Red Cross Blood Drive at Milton Academy Upper School; educated donors on sickle cell disease and blood collection; collected 36 pints of blood from 45 volunteers; registered 40 new blood donors for the Red Cross; recruited students as Red Cross Disaster Recovery volunteers,”
She was also a Transitions Mentor from August to September 2021 during which time she “advocated for Milton Academy’s Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice Policy; welcomed 113 new students of color into Milton Academy; established an affinity group for South Asian students; developed icebreakers and team bonding activities to create a unified community,”
As a Virtual Tutor for the Immigrant Family Services Institute, Arianna Kamal Dover Ma “taught 1-5th grade students Math, Science, English and Music twice weekly; assisted students with homework, test preparation, and science projects; improved students’ test scores by 20% on average within the semester; and completed 246 teaching hours,”.
She held this position in Mattapan, Ma from October 2020 until August this year.
As you might be getting a feel for this incredibly accomplished young lady, she had done so much at age 18 and obviously was about to follow in her parent’s footsteps.
From May 2023 to June 2023, Arianna Kamal Dover Ma was an intern at Mass General Brigham, a part time position she held in Boston.
Finally, she served as a Data Analyst for Obelist Consulting from June to September 2021, a full time gig for 4-months during which she “conducted user testing on the Embibe LMS platform for K-12 education; performed comparative analysis of Embibe Platform with 3-5 LMS platforms; collated comparative data into a discovery report as a list of enhancements; worked directly with platform users to prioritize enhancements; and analyzed LMS comparison data using tables, charts, graphs, and statistical methods,”
Organizations she’d served with in one capacity or another included…
- Research Editor at Piece of Mind
- Board Member at Community Engagement Partners and Programs
- Associate Editor at the Milton Paper
- Board Member at SAMENA
- Board Member at Magus Mabus Music
- Co-head at Resonate Acapella
Her honors and awards include…
- Silver Key by Scholastic Art and Writing Awards
- Qualifier by National Merit Society
- Gold Medal by National Spanish Exam
- National Award by Creative Communications
Milton Academy released a statement confirming Arianna graduated as a member of the 2023 class.
“Milton Academy is heartbroken to learn of the death of Arianna Kamal, a recent graduate of the class of 2023,” the school wrote.
“Aria was a sweet, smart, kind young woman who was just beginning to realize her full potential.”
In a statement, her college, Middlebury College described “Aria” as “a brilliant student and an amazing singer” who read at Middlebury’s Lessons and Carols service, and sang in the College Choir while enrolled in her first-year Mindfulness in Education seminar.
“She was connected and engaged in class, and passionate about everything she did. She was a beautiful writer and always did things 110 percent. She was a deeply spiritual person and dove into the material in the first-year seminar course,” Arianna’s teacher, Melissa Hammerle detailed.
Meanwhile, her mother, Teena, served as president of Milton Academy’s Upper School Parents’ Association and was a “committed and caring advocate for both parents and students.”
Arianna Kamal Dover Ma was a force of nature and could be seen as being easily on her way to having just an accomplished a life as either parent.
May she rest in peace.
Arianna Kamal Dover Ma mother Teena Kamal
Teena Kamal was a Havard-educated Indian-American woman who together with her husband, Rakesh Kamel, also Indian-American and their daughter, Arianna, died a tragic death at their Dover Ma mansion.
Teena Kamal was a high-powered executive from India who graduated from Delhi University in 1992 with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in English Literature.
She attended Delhi University between 1987 and 1992.
She then joined Harvard University from 1993-1994, studying Business Management and Marketing and graduating with a 4.0 GPA.
Teena Kamal Dover Ma has held many positions including…
- CEO and Co-Founder @ EduNova
- CEO and Co Founder @ Zendigo Group Inc
- Vice President of Software Development @ Fidelity Investments
- Director of Software Development FeB @ Fidelity Investments
- Director of Program Management @ Synergetic Media Corp
- Senior Program Manager @ Fidelity Investments
Her certified skills include Product Management, Program Management, Process Improvement, Financial Services Management, Vendor Management, Strategic Planning, Leadership, Business Strategy and SDLC (software development life cycle).
Teena Kamal was also a member of the Massachusetts Region Tiffany Circle Society of Women Leaders of the Red Cross.
She was the Vice Chair of the group for the 2023/2024 cycle, serving alongside the Chair Karen Teller.
According to her professional bio: “Teena Kamal, based in Dover, MA, US, is currently a CEO and Co-Founder at EduNova, bringing experience from previous roles at Zendigo Group Inc, Fidelity Investments, Fidelity investments and Synergetic Media Corp.
“Teena Kamal holds a 1993 – 1994 Harvard University. With a robust skill set that includes Product Management, Program Management, Process Improvement, Financial Services, Management and more,”
Rick Kamal Dover Ma
Rakesh Kamal, the partriach of the family and alleged perpetrator of the crime, was 57 years old.
Known to friends as Rick, it is not known what precipitated the attack.
According to authorities, the bodies of Rakesh Kamal, 57, his wife, Teena, 54, and their 18-year-old daughter, Arianna Kamal, were found in their Dover, Ma home — estimated to be worth $5.45 million — at about 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Norfolk District Attorney Michael Morrissey said.
The district attorney — who described the “terrible tragedy” as a “domestic violence situation” — said a gun was found near the husband’s body.
He declined to say whether all three family members were shot dead — and by whom.
Morrissey said he was waiting for the medical examiner’s ruling, which was expected later Friday, before deciding whether to refer to the incident as a murder-suicide.
“Although the investigation is at a very preliminary stage, the evidence available at this time does not indicate the involvement of any outside party, but suggests that this is a deadly incident of domestic violence,” his office said in a statement.
“It is not believed that there is any ongoing danger to the Dover community related to this incident.”
The grim discovery was made after a relative had stopped by to check on the family members after not hearing from them in several days, the district attorney said.
He added that there have been no prior police reports or domestic incidents tied to the home.
“I hate to see it at any time,” Morrissey said of domestic violence incidents. “I think some of the tensions that people feel in relationships often come out around the holidays.”
Morrissey revealed a gun was found next to the father, however, he refused to elaborate on how the family died.
“I don’t know who it was registered at this time, that’s part of the ongoing investigation,” the district attorney told reporters on Friday.
“We will not tell you at this time where it was found, but it was found near the husband, I’ll just leave it at that.”
Morrissey added that there is no history or police reports at the home or any complaints from neighbors about the family.
“It’s very rare to have this kind of violence or situation almost in any community in Norfolk County, particularly Dover,” he said, citing the last murder in the county reported was in 2020.
State property records obtained by CBS affiliate WBZ-4 show the vast property, named Enchanted Acres, was built in 2000 and spans more than 19,000 square feet, featuring 11 bedrooms and 13 bathrooms.
It was last sold in 2022 for $3 million and is currently estimated to be valued at more than $5.9 million, according to records.
Arianna Kamal Dover Ma was a student at Middlebury College in Vermont.
Middlebury College is a private liberal arts college in Middlebury, Vermont.
Founded in 1800 by Congregationalists, Middlebury was the first operating college or university in Vermont.
The college currently enrolls 2,773 undergraduates from all 50 states and 74 countries and offers 45 majors in the arts and humanities as well as joint engineering programs.
In addition to its undergraduate liberal arts program, the school also has graduate schools, the Middlebury College Language Schools, the Bread Loaf School of English, and the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, as well as its C.V. Starr-Middlebury Schools Abroad international programs.
Middlebury’s 31 varsity teams are the Middlebury Panthers and compete in the NCAA Division III’s NESCAC conference.
Middlebury received its founding charter on November 1, 1800, as an outgrowth of the Addison County Grammar School, which had been founded three years earlier in 1797.
The college’s first president—Jeremiah Atwater—began classes a few days later, making Middlebury the first operating college or university in Vermont.
One student named Aaron Petty graduated at the first commencement held in August 1802.
The college’s founding religious affiliation was loosely Congregationalist.
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