Garima Kathari was a 35-year-old chef and Jersey City restaurateur who trained at the renowned French culinary school Le Cordon Bleu and competed on MasterChef India in 2010.
Man Mohan Mall was a 37-year-old whose LinkedIn account identified him as an investment banker at Deutsche Bank.
In February, Kathari officially opened her new restaurant Nukkad in Jersey City’s Paulus Hook neighborhood. Just one month later, she was forced to close the “Indian soul food” eatery due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
After readjusting, Nukkad began to do deliveries and offer meal kits to patrons. By April, she was donating meals to Jersey City Medical Center first responders.
Sunday bloody Sunday
What started with a report of a possible suicide attempt led police to discover the bodies of Kathari and Mall, launching an ongoing investigation into what law enforcement officials currently believe is an apparent murder-suicide.
On Sunday, April 26, the Jersey City Police Department responded to a report of a possible suicide attempt in the Hudson River near Montgomery Street in Jersey City.
Upon arrival, responding officers found an unresponsive man in the river near Montgomery Street and Exchange Place.
The man, later identified as Mall, was pronounced dead at the scene at approximately 7:55 a.m.
Police believe Mall may have killed himself after murdering his significant other, Garima Kothari.
Jersey City Police Officers responded to Mall’s residence on Christopher Columbus Drive in Jersey City where they found an unresponsive woman, later identified as Kothari, who also lived at the address with apparent trauma to her upper body.
She was pronounced dead at the scene at approximately 7:15 a.m.
Following an autopsy by the Regional Medical Examiner, multiple upper-body injuries caused Kothari’s death, according to a press release from the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office.
The Regional Medical Examiner has ruled her death a homicide and discovered that she was approximately five months pregnant at the time of her death.
The cause and manner of Man Mohan Mall’s death is pending with the Regional Medical Examiner.
The Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Unit is actively investigating this case with assistance from the Jersey City Police Department.
While it appears at this time that these deaths are the result of a murder-suicide, the final determination is pending the complete findings of the Regional Medical Examiner’s Office
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Office of the Hudson County Prosecutor at 201- 915-1345 or leave an anonymous tip on the Hudson County Prosecutor’s official website at: http://www.hudsoncountyprosecutorsofficenj.org/homicide-tip/.
All information will be kept confidential.