MURPHYSBORO, IL (KTVI) - Two families are trying to find the truth about how their loved ones died. The families of Pravin Varughese and Molly Young joined together in Murphysboro, Illinois Friday afternoon and voiced concerns over how investigators handled their cases.
Young was shot in the head. She was inside the apartment of a man who at the time was a dispatcher for the Carbondale Police Department. The body of Varughese, an SIU-Carbondale student, was found in a wooded area.
Relatives and friends from both families were joined by two former law enforcers: Salvatore Rastrelli and Ira Robins, who represent the Archangels of Justice. They investigate corruption in the judicial system and are volunteering their time investigating the way these two Carbondale cases were handled.
‘‘There is absolutely no doubt that Pravin and Molly did not die of natural causes,” Robins said. ‘‘They were murdered."
February marks the one year anniversary of Varughese's death. Family members walked into the wooded area where police said his body was found. They were joined by supporters for a brief memorial service.
‘‘I hope we get justice,” said Priya Varughese, Pravin's sister. ‘‘I hope we get closure. Nothing is going to bring him back, but I hope something like this doesn't happen to another family.”
Priya Varughese is a physical therapy student as Saint Louis University. She hopes anyone who knows something about her brother's death will help put an end to her family's pain.
Shortly after Varughese’s body was found, police announced his death was the result of hypothermia. The family paid for a second autopsy and found something else.
‘‘Anybody with any sense would have seen that Pravin was beaten to death,” Rastrelli said. ‘‘The reason he couldn't get out of those woods was simple. He was unconscious.”
Young died in 2012. There have been no charges in the case. There were questions over whether her death was a suicide or murder.
‘‘There is absolutely no doubt that Pravin and Molly did not die of natural causes,” said Robins. ‘‘They were murdered.”
Young's supporters said there was no gunshot residue on her hands.
‘‘The trajectory of the bullet was in the top left side of Molly's head at a downward angle, which is indicative of a homicide,” said Larry Young, Molly's father. ‘‘Molly was right-handed.”
He said residents in the apartment building had not been questioned by investigators. State police took over the investigation.
‘‘Our own investigative agencies won't even interview those people,” said Larry Young. ‘‘That's wrong. That's atrocity.”
Robins called for newly elected Governor Bruce Rauner to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate how these cases were handled.