Sunday, February 23, 2014
An Indian man fatally stabbed his American wife before killing himself near the Taj Mahal, four months after the couple married near the legendary monument
Erin W. Willinger's body was found with multiple stab wounds in a deserted part of the city, said Agra police chief Shalabh Mathur. Her husband Bunty Sharma committed suicide by igniting cooking gas and causing a massive explosion in his home, Mathur said. Willinger and Sharma met in 2013 when she visited the Taj Mahal with friends. She and Sharma fell in love and got married in October 2013, police said. Willinger, 35, from West Chester, Pennsylvania, adopted an Indian name, Kiran Sharma, and began working with a local non-governmental organization to promote tourism in Agra. Sharma, 32, was a rickshaw cab driver in Agra city. But police say that they separated soon after because of differences. "Both of them tried to resolve their differences and even met with a marriage counselor," Mathur said. On the night of the murder, Sharma took Willinger out in his vehicle, and - on reaching a secluded place - stabbed and killed her and dumped the body on the side of the road, Mathur said.