The suspect who killed 3 teenagers entered them after they had “abandoned the dong” at his home, says the district attorney’s office

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Anurag Chandra, 42, faces three homicide episodes and three homicide attempts for the incident in southern California earlier this week. Now, the district attorney’s office is looking for a special circumstance for multiple homicide charges.

Under California state law, if Chandra is found guilty of first degree murder and one of the many “special circumstances” related to the crime is proven, he may be eligible to live in prison without a parole or death penalty, although the death penalty was suspended in the state in 2019.

Six teenage boys had a slumber party in Chandra’s Temescal Valley neighborhood, and one of them dared to ring Chandra’s bell, said Riverside County District Attorney. One of the boys rang his bell and ran back to the group’s Toyota Prius, said the office.

Presumably Chandra got into her Infiniti Q50 and chased the teen car. He rammed into the back of the Prius and made it veer off the road and into a tree, the district attorney’s office said.

Daniel Hawkins, Jacob Ivascu and Drake Ruiz, all 16, were killed. The 18-year-old driver and two passengers, aged between 13 and 14, were injured but survived.

The families of the victims told the CNN affiliate KCAL that the boys didn’t know Chandra before ringing the bell.

“It’s just beyond someone’s reaction to whoever rings the bell and runs away,” said district attorney’s office spokesman John Hall.

Chandra was arrested at his home and booked into a Riverside detention center. He will be accused next month.

It is unclear at this time whether Chandra has a lawyer. Riverside County Public Defender’s office did not respond to CNN’s multiple requests for comment.

The brothers of the injured boys died in the accident

KCAL reported that the six teenagers were celebrating Jacob’s birthday on the night of the accident. The two younger boys who were injured were the brothers of two of the boys who died.

“Jacob was the eldest of five children, and he was the third mother-father figure, so we are all devastated,” said Alex Kascal, Jacob’s father, at KCAL.

Debbie Ruiz, Drake’s mother, called her son a “classy clown”.

“Joy and happiness were his main priorities in life,” he told KCAL. “We had a lot of fun together.”


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