This week, a Utah doctor killed his teenage son and then himself in a shocking murder-suicide that has shocked their community.
Parth Gandhi, 49, and his son, 16, were discovered dead on Saturday morning at the offices of Psychedelic Therapy and Research in Salt Lake City, according to KSLTV.
Gandhi worked as a neuropsychologist and clinic director at the offices, with a “focus on psychedelics,” according to the outlet.
It is unclear what psychedelic therapy entails or whether the clinic promotes the use of illegal substances.
It is also unknown whether psychedelic drugs or other substances were present in Gandhi’s or his son’s bodies, who has not been named due to his age.
“Our detectives are still developing more information right now, trying to figure out, trying to answer the question of what may have motivated him to do this,” Salt Lake City Police Department spokesman Brent Weisberg told KSLTV on Monday.
Gandhi, according to the outlet, mentioned treatments for depression, anxiety, and substance abuse on social media.
He also celebrated his son’s musical abilities on Facebook in December 2022.
“I’m still reeling from it — I’m in complete shock.” “It’s not something I ever see coming from him,” Rachel Cieslewicz said of the tragedy to FOX13.
Gandhi had previously taught yoga at Cieslewicz’s studio, Centered City Yoga.
“At our studio, we had youth groups. The doctor “would volunteer and teach for free just to help the kids,” she said.
Denise Druce told the outlet she also knew Gandhi from her yoga and cycling class at 24-Hour Fitness.
“Until we have more details, I’m going to reserve judgment and just hold a lot of compassion in my heart for the people who are left in the aftermath of this overall,” she said.