Two found dead from gunshots in Acworth Home
by Rachel Gray
October 31, 2013 02:00 AM | 10774 views | 6 6 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend | print

Cobb Police detectives Stockinger and Ablashi assist personnel with the Cobb County Medical Examiner’s office as they retrieve the first of two bodies found shot Wednesday in a home in Acworth. <br>Staff/Kelly J. Huff
Cobb Police detectives Stockinger and Ablashi assist personnel with the Cobb County Medical Examiner’s office as they retrieve the first of two bodies found shot Wednesday in a home in Acworth.
Staff/Kelly J. Huff
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ACWORTH — Neighbors said a couple living in a home in west Cobb died as part of a murder-suicide after police arrived to investigate a call about a “person down” Wednesday afternoon.

At 1:20 p.m., the Cobb County Police Department was called to the Benbrooke subdivision, which is off of County Line Road between Burnt Hickory and Due West roads, south of Acworth.

The police discovered two people dead from gunshot wounds, said Officer Mike Bowman, who would not release the names of the deceased or give any details about what police found inside the home.

The bodies were removed from the basement on gurneys that were rolled up a grassy hill behind the home moments before school buses arrived to drop off neighborhood children.

Neighbors said there were eight or nine people living in the house, a combination of extended family members and friends. An older child who was at home called the police to report the shooting.

Tammy Schadl, who has lived across the street for 14 years, said the owners, Sahr and Saphi Kobb-Bangurah, were quiet, kept to themselves and were never heard fighting.

“In most recent years, we did not see very much of them at all,” Schadl said.

The brother of Saphi Kobb-Bangurah and her sister-in-law were the two people found dead Wednesday, Schadl said.

Neighbors react

News of the police investigation traveled fast, both within and outside of the subdivision.

Schadl said a neighbor called her about the shooting so she could be with her two young sons when they arrived home from school.

Schadl said her youngest son, in fourth grade, was nervous about the events that played out in a home across the street from his front yard.

Schadl said she plans to tell him “sometimes adults disagree and you never hope it comes to what this came to.”

The west Cobb suburban area is lined by tress with colorful autumn leaves. On the corner, before entering Benbrooke Drive, is the County Line United Methodist Church with a tall white steeple and a small cemetery.

On Wednesday afternoon, neighbors gathered in each other’s driveways to discuss the event as crime scene investigators brought out bags of evidence from the house.

The house is light-tan brick with manicured miniature trees and a bright-pink rose bush by the front porch. It is valued at just over $322,000 by the Cobb County Tax Assessor’s Office.

Schadl said the Bangurahs built their home more than 10 years ago and had three daughters, with the youngest in high school.

In recent years, the Bangurahs were allowing other family members and friends to stay at the home, some who also had children in Cobb County schools, Schadl said.

“We have been concerned about comings and goings,” Schadl said.

Schadl said she even reached out to her homeowner’s association for help. Schadle added she was surprised that the people in the home were relatives of the Bangurahs.

Every day, there are cars and moving trucks at the house, many with out-of-state license plates, Schadl said.

On Wednesday afternoon, there was a car parked in the driveway with a Pennsylvania license plate.

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Just Sayin'....
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October 31, 2013
What is wrong with you people? Two people lost their lives today and all you can do is pontificate about how many people should be living in a house or what their origins are/were.

For the record, bad things happen everywhere and to all sorts of people. It's good to know you are above all of that and are able to sit in judgment of others.
Sylvester King
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October 31, 2013
Raise property taxes, make schools as difficult and challenging as possible, and then the wrong types of people will not move to West Cobb.
Well actually
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November 01, 2013
You describe East Cobb which is full of the wrong people, if you consider murder-suicides to be wrong.

People volunteer for life in these pressure cooker environments due to feelings of inadequacy, but sometimes those feelings are legitimate.
melanieb.
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October 31, 2013
The home was used as a multi rental house....how did the owners get away with this in a up scale neighborhood? Cars parked all over the drive 24/7 people going in and out of the house people renting by the month a room all sounds pretty shifty. This is why neighbors need to keep tabs on what is going on in their own back yard. Children could have been hurt or worse.
west cobb has arr'vd
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October 31, 2013
And there we have it. West Cobb has caught up to East Cobb. Congrats.
Eric Dotson
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October 30, 2013
We haven't been given a description of the people involved. This was an upscale West Cobb neighborhood. But, considering the 300% increase of a certain peoples to West Cobb in the last 10 years may we make a guess? Nah! No point in even having to guess. We all knew as soon as we heard the news. Nice neighborhood, lousy neighborhood - it just doesn't matter to some people. This is the third and fourth person from and in West Cobb murdered this year - after the car jacking incident and the Kennesaw student. That's a 400% increase in West Cobb murders from last year. See those percentages again? Yeah - but keep your mouth shut. Some things can't be said. We should call it the "Voldemort" problem.
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