Mainak Sarkar is the former UCLA graduate student who killed his former professor at UCLA on Wednesday. But before killing Professor William Klug, Sarkar killed his estranged wife in Minnesota. He then got in the car and drove to Los Angeles to kill Klug. Sakar then turned the gun on himself and committed suicide.
The body of Ashley Hasti, 31, was found early Thursday in her home in Brooklyn Park, northwest of Minneapolis. Hennepin County records confirmed the two married in June of 2011.
Police confirmed that Hasti’s name was on a “kill list” composed by Sarkar. The list also named William Klug, and another engineering professor who was unharmed. Authorities did not identify the second professor.
Hasti’s grandmother, Jean Johnson, told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune the two only remained together for about a year, but didn’t get a divorce because Hasti couldn’t afford one.
Authorities believe Sarkar drove to Los Angeles in the past few days with two handguns he legally bought in Minnesota. Police said with the weapons and ammunition Sarkar carried, he could have caused many more fatalities than the one.
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