Skip to comments.In Final Hours, Despair Defeated Poet (murder-suicide)
Posted on 07/18/2003 4:37:19 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster
In Final Hours, Despair Defeated Poet Indian-Born Writer Apparently Killed Herself, 2-Year-Old in D.C. Home
By David A. Fahrenthold and Simone Weichselbaum Washington Post Staff Writers Friday, July 18, 2003; Page A01
A prize-winning poet who used verse to describe her experiences as a child and as an Indian immigrant was identified by D.C. police yesterday as the woman who apparently slashed the left wrist of her 2-year-old son and her own Wednesday and then died with him in a pool of blood.
Reetika Vazirani, 40, and Jehan Vazirani Komunyakaa were found lying next to each other in the dining room of a house in the Chevy Chase section of Washington, where Vazirani was house-sitting.
Police called the deaths an apparent murder-suicide, but no official ruling has been made. Investigators found a note with references to the boy's father, Pulitzer-Prize-winning poet Yusef Komunyakaa, according to sources familiar with the investigation.
Komunyakaa could not be reached yesterday, and relatives in the area would not comment, said one woman who would not identify herself at a family home in Silver Spring.
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