Officials said Sarkar left behind a kill list that included professor William Klug, the name of another UCLA professor who was unharmed, and the Minnesota woman, who is reported to be Ashley Hasti, 31. A marriage license obtained by CBS Minnesota shows that Sarkar and Hasti were married in 2011. Los Angeles Police Department Chief Charlie Beck said Thursday that detectives found a note near the bodies of Klug and Sarkar inside the professor’s office where the shootings took place.
The note listed Sarkar’s address in Minnesota and asked someone to “check on [his] cat. ” The LAPD made contact with Minnesota police, who searched Sarkar’s home and found the list and extra ammunition. Officials then went to Hasti’s address, where they found her dead of an apparent gunshot wound.
His CV indicates that he transferred to Stanford University in 2003 and graduated with an M. S. degree in aeronautics and astronautics in 2005.
According to Sarkar’s LinkedIn profile and Klug’s research group website, he was a mechanical engineering Ph. D. student at UCLA from 2006 to 2013.
Sarkar was also a teaching assistant in the department for two of those years. Sarkar thanked Klug in his dissertation “for all his help and support” and referred to the professor as his mentor. Sarkar appears to have moved to Minnesota after graduating from UCLA in 2014.
In a statement issued through UCLA, Mary Elise Klug referred to her husband’s death as “an indescribable loss:” During this extremely difficult time for our family, we are grateful for the tremendous outpouring of support. This is an indescribable loss. Bill was so much more than my soulmate.
I will miss him every day for the rest of my life. Knowing that so many others share our family’s sorrow has provided a measure of comfort. That said, we are a very private family, and we need time to heal and recover from this senseless tragedy.
At this time, we ask the media to please respect our family’s privacy in and around our home, school and local community during the days and weeks ahead, especially for the sake of my children. Klug was known by his colleagues as dedicated and caring, UCLA officials said. He became a faculty member in 2003, and over his 13 years with the university he earned awards including the National Science Foundation Career Award.
He was recently also working on the UCLA Cardiac Modeling Group, which had received a $4. 3 million grant to study the electromechanics of the heart. “This is a terrible moment,” said Tsao, chair of the department of mechanical and aerospace engineering.
“We lost a professor who cared a lot about his students and who was on a very positive trajectory. My heart goes out to his family right now. ” While it is unclear whether Klug had any contact with Sarkar after his graduation, the relationship between professor and student appears to have deteriorated at some point earlier this year.
In a blog post from March, Sarkar accused Klug of stealing “all of [Sarkar’s] code,” calling the professor “a sick person. ” Hasti, 31, was a resident physician at the University of Minnesota Medical School, where she had been studying since 2012. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Minnesota with degrees in Asian languages and literatures and anthropology in December 2008.
Sarkar and Hasti were married on June 14, 2011. It is unclear whether the two were still married at the time of the shooting. .