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VolcanoJen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-18-03 04:01 AM
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Prize-Wining Poet, Infant Son Found Dead (Reetika Vazirani)
Horribly tragic story. :-(


WASHINGTON (AP) -- Police are investigating an apparent murder-suicide of a prize-winning poet who is thought to have slit the wrist of her infant son and her own.

Reetika Vazirani, 40, and her 2-year-old son, Jehan, were found lying next to each other in a pool of blood in the dining room of a house where Vazirani was house-sitting, The Washington Post reported Friday.

Investigators found a note with references to the boy's father, Pulitzer-Prize winning poet Yusef Komunyakaa, the newspaper said.

Neighbors and friends said there had been signs that Vazirani was distraught. She had sought out a meeting with a priest and borrowed a Bible.
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