Manwanis Killed

Rishi Manwani (above) and his mother Mala Manwani, of Aldie, Va., were both fatally shot in what police are calling a double homicide. (Rishi Manwani/Facebook photo)

ALDIE, Va. — An Indian American mother and son were shot and killed in what detectives say was a double homicide in Aldie.

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office told The Washington Post that a co-worker of the mother, 65-year-old Mala Manwani, reported her absent this week. Sheriff’s office spokesman Kraig Troxell said the mother was last heard from in an email sent Jan. 29.

Both the woman and her son, 32-year-old Rishi Manwani, died from gunshot wounds. Deputies found their bodies Jan. 31.

They were the only residents of their Aldie home. Troxell told WTOP there was no sign of forced entry.

Sheriff’s office officials say the case does not appear to be a “random act and there is no indication of any threat to the public.”

Mala Manwani worked at CSRA, an information technology company in Falls Church, Va., as a tax accountant, according to her LinkedIn, the Post reported. The company confirmed she was an employee in a statement calling her death a “stunning loss.”

“Mala was known as a kind and dedicated employee by everyone who worked with her,” the statement said, according to the publication. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the Manwani family and we will continue to offer any support in the days and weeks ahead.”

Rishi Manwani, according to his LinkedIn account, was a data technician at Amazon since December. He previously served as a data center technician level four senior tech at Rackspace for nearly a decade. He earned a bachelor's degree from ITT Tech.

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