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Dover family’s life insurance changed before murder-suicide

Dover family’s life insurance changed before murder-suicide
Dover family’s life insurance changed before murder-suicide

From left: Arianna, Teena and Rick Kamal. In December 2023, Rick shot Teena and Arianna in their Dover home before turning the gun on himself. – Paula Swift Photography

Four days before a Dover man shot and killed his wife and daughter and then took his own life, authorities say, the beneficiaries on his wife’s life insurance policy were changed. The Boston Globe reports.

According to authorities, Rakesh “Rick” Kamal killed his wife Teena and 18-year-old daughter Arianna on December 28 before turning the gun on himself in their 21-bedroom, $4 million home.

On Christmas Eve, a fax was sent to the insurance company that managed Teena Kamal’s $1.25 million policy, according to the globe. For three decades, Rick Kamal was listed as the primary beneficiary and Arianna as the alternate or “conditional” beneficiary. The change, made a few days before the family’s death, changed the policy so that Rick and Arianna Kamal would share the primary beneficiary and Rick’s brother Manoj Kamal would be listed as the conditional beneficiary.

In the months since the family’s death, a legal battle has erupted among the couple’s siblings over the payout of Teena Kamal’s life insurance policy, which began when Manoj Kamal filed a claim for the payout of his sister-in-law’s policy. globe reported.

Teena Kamal’s brother, Sandeep Bedi, raised “concerns” with the insurance company about the circumstances of the family’s death and the change of beneficiary, the globe.

“This is offensive and heartbreaking, but not unusual,” J. Michael Young, a Texas-based attorney specializing in life insurance litigation, told the globe“When you put a million dollars in the air, it’s not uncommon for fights to break out.”

The globe has previously reported that Rick Kamal had, without his family’s knowledge, accumulated enormous debts in the years leading up to the murder-suicide, culminating in an order in late December 2023 allowing the family to be evicted from their Dover mansion.

Teena Kamal’s family said they had “no idea” about the financial situation.

The full report can be found at globe.

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