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GoFundMe campaign for ‘Viha’ in US

GoFoundMe campaign for Indian couple's daughter who were murdered in New Jersey
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A week after bodies of an Indian couple Balaji Rudrawar and Aarti Rudrawar were found inside their North Arlington apartment in Bergen County, New Jersey, friends of the couple have launched a GoFundMe campaign for the slain Indian couple’s three-and-a-half-year daughter Viha. Their daughter, who was found crying on the balcony, was unharmed.

According to its organizer Gobindsingh Nihalani, till now ‘Contribute to Viha’s future’ fundraiser has collected over $70, 000 in less than 24 hours of starting the campaign, Whereas, over $135,764 has already been raised of the $213,000 goal. Nihalani said they were in the process of creating a Trust Fund for this money to be used for Viha’s well-being and her education. In addition to this, the organizers are also working with child welfare to arrange the kid’s custody to her grandparents living in the temple town of Ambajogai in Maharashtra’s Beed district, about 300 miles from Mumbai.

Balaji Rudrawar and Aarti Rudrawar

Rudrawar, an IT professional working for Larsen & Toubro Infotech Ltd and his seven-month pregnant homemaker wife had moved to the US in August 2015 after they got married in December 2014. “In this immensely unfortunate moment, while we all get together to pray to the almighty to rest their souls in peace, we are also starting an effort to think for the future of the small child. While nobody can ever fulfil the void in Viha’s life, as friends and family, the least we can do is to come together and contribute our share towards the future of Viha”, wrote Nihalani in his fundraising campaign.

The Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office and the North Arlington Police Department are investigating the deaths as a murder-suicide. The couple had suffered multiple stab wounds according to the Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella. They believe Aarti Rudrawar died as a result of stab wounds inflicted by her husband, the prosecutor said.

Watch: Death of Balaji and Aarti Rudrawar

Balaji Rudrawar “also died as a result of multiple stab wounds, but his manner of death is undetermined pending the completion of an autopsy and investigation,” the prosecutor said in a release. Investigators said they do not believe anyone else was involved in the deaths. Police were alerted soon after the neighbours saw their three-and-a-half-year-old daughter crying alone in the balcony of their house. After receiving a 9-1-1 call, from a neighbour reporting that she looked through the mail slot in the front door and saw two people lying on the floor in the living room area the North Arlington Police responded to the Garden Terrace apartment complex, Musella said in a release.

The families of the couple have been devasted since then. According to the latest update, by the end of this week or early next week she will be meeting with her family(grandparents) who are waiting for their Visa.

A little contribution will be helpful! Contribute to Viha’s future

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