A seventeen-year-old Indian-American boy has been arrested in North Carolina, the United States in connection with killing his mom, in a unique incident of matricide which has sent “shock waves” amongst the society.
Arnav Uppalapati, arrested by Cary police on Friday following more than a year for the loss of his fifty-year-old mother Nalini Tellaprolu, worked at Duke Medical Center.
Nalini Tellaprolu was killed on December 17, 2015, with a plastic bag covering her head.
Friends of the family were upset when the police charged Uppalapati with her death.
“It’s very devastating. There’s never been an incident where a son has taken the life of his own biological mother. It really sends shock waves,” Satish Garimella, a Morrisville town councilman of Indian descent, was quoted as stating by the local ‘The News&Observer’.
Arnav Uppalapati was 16 when he told coming home from school & seeing his mother’s body in the garage with a plastic bag above her head. Her feet remained in the back seat of a car. She may have been hit before she was killed, the report stated, citing the autopsy report.
Arnav Uppalapati was a man of interest in the case from the rise, told Wake County District Attorney Lorrin Freeman.
One saying clue were initial reports that showed there were no indications of forced entrance into the family’s 2-story, USD 450,000 house at the Upchurch Farms subdivision, Freeman told.
“We’re shocked as a community. This was not something we expected to hear. She focused all of her energy on her kids,” said Padma Tummala, a long-time companion of Tellaprolu.
“I still don’t believe it. This is completely out of the blue,” stated Vijay Javvadi, another family associate.
It wasn’t fair how police subsequently broke the case or what motive performed a role.
Police told in a report that Uppalapati would be tried on a class B1 felony charge, which is punishable by a maximum punishment of life in prison without parole.
Tellaprolu’s loss was ruled a homicide by the Medical Examiner’s Office. Her body has covered with bruises & scratches on her face, neck, torso & arms. There were secondary blunt force injuries, & the cartilage in her neck was fractured, the report stated.