Leeds student among family of four found dead

Trisha, left, with sister Nisha, who have been named as the teenagers that have died in a house in Bradford.

Trisha, left, with sister Nisha, who have been named as the teenagers that have died in a house in Bradford.

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One of the teenage girls believed to have been murdered by her father at a house in Bradford was a student at Leeds University, it has emerged.

The bodies of Trisha Lad, 19, her sister Nisha, 16, mother Daksha, 44 and father Jatrinda, 49, were found at their detached home in Clayton on last night.

The Lad family from Bradford who have all been found dead in a house in Clayton Bradford. From left: Trisha, Jitendra Daksha and Nisha.

The Lad family from Bradford who have all been found dead in a house in Clayton Bradford. From left: Trisha, Jitendra Daksha and Nisha.

Police have launched a murder investigation but said they are not looking for anyone else in relation to their deaths.

It is understood the father is believed to have murdered his wife and daughters before killing himself.

Detectives said early indications suggest the bodies may have been in the house “for some time”.

This afternoon, the University of Leeds confirmed Trisha was was a second year biochemistry student.

Scene picture in Bradford, where the bodies of a man, a woman and two teenagers have been found.

Scene picture in Bradford, where the bodies of a man, a woman and two teenagers have been found.

A spokesman said: “This is dreadful and shocking news and our thoughts are with Tricia’s friends and loved ones. Staff are working with the University’s counselling and chaplaincy services to help students who are affected by this tragedy and we will do all we can to support them.”

Police were called to the house on Blackberry Way by a neighbour, concerned they had not seen the family recently. The quiet cul-de-sac was cordoned off today as officers and forensics examined the scene, while tearful teenagers arrived to pay their respects.

Jessica Garside, a friend of Trisha’s, said: “She was so lovely. She always had a bright smile on her face. She was always happy. Even when I saw her round school she would always smile and say hello and check I’m alright. I think that was the general gist of the family.”

She said: “I feel numb at the moment. I don’t feel like it’s happened. I still feel like I’m going to go to the bus stop one day and she’ll be stood there smiling as ever. It’s heartbreaking to know she won’t be. It’s just horrible.”

Jessica added: “She’ll be missed dearly. I see pictures on Facebook of her going out in her uni life and she looks happy and now we don’t know what’s happened to her. I just hope there’s a God out there looking after her.”

Speaking at the scene, Det Supt Simon Atkinson said: “This is clearly a significant incident and our investigation will be thorough as we piece together the events that have led to the deaths of a local family.

“We are now undertaking forensic inquiries to establish how these people have died. We are clearly keeping an open mind but from what we know at the moment we are not looking for anybody else. It is an extremely distressing time for the family and friends. We are trying to get as many answers as to what has happened in the property.”

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