Wharton School of Business student’s body found in apartment.
By Deepak Chitnis
WASHINGTON, DC: Twenty year-old Pulkit Singh, whose parents were slain seven years ago in their New York home, was found dead in his Philadelphia apartment last week.
Singh’s body was discovered on January 12, in his apartment located just outside the campus of the University of Pennsylvania. Singh was a student at the Wharton School of Business. Investigators looking into the death say a motive and cause of death have not yet been ascertained, nor is it believed that Singh’s death is related to that of his parents.
Known as an exceptionally bright student, Singh was pursuing a double-major degree at both Wharton Business and the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. A third-year student at the time of his passing, he was expected to graduate in the spring of 2015.
Singh is survived by his younger brother, Ankur. Singh’s last known contact with anyone was a text message he sent around 4:45 a.m. the night he died. His brother told investigators about the text, but was unsure of what it actually said. The brother was subsequently notified by UPenn’s University Chaplain at 3:00 p.m., later that same day.
The two have been living with their uncle and aunt in Bethpage, New York since 2007. On January 27 of that year, the two found their parents – Jaspal and Geeta, 46 and 28, respectively – murdered at home, a crime that still has not been solved.
A memorial service was held for Singh at the Chapey & Sons Funeral Home in Bethpage this past Saturday, with a cremation ceremony that occurred the same day at the Nassau Suffolk Crematory in Lake Ronkonkoma. Singh’s final prayers were held at the Vaishnav Temple and Community Center in New Hyde Park.
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[This story was updated on 1/20/14.]