Govin suicide

Virendra Govin was serving a sentence for the murder of four members of an Indian American family in Los Angeles County. (California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation photo)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – A multiple murderer of an Indian American family apparently committed suicide on the nation's largest death row, California officials said Nov. 5, AP reported.

Corrections officials said they found Virendra Govin, 51, unresponsive alone in his cell during a security check at San Quentin State Prison late Nov. 4.

Separately, authorities say they also found serial killer Andrew Urdiales, 54, unresponsive in his cell in a different death row housing unit late Nov. 2.

Govin was sentenced in December 2004 for committing four Los Angeles County murders.

The victims were Gita Kumar, 42; Plara Kumar, 18: Tulsi Kumar, 16; and Sitaben Patel, 63. Govin, his brother Pravin Govin, and Carlos Amador, then set the Kumars' home on fire in 2002, apparently in a business dispute. Govin arrived on death row in January 2005. His brother, Pravin, has been on death row since September 2005.

Officials said that while both men's deaths are being investigated as suicides, there is no indication that their deaths are related.

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