MAPLE SHADE, N.J. - Authorities say a New Jersey man found the bodies of his wife and son after they had been stabbed to death inside their Maple Shade home.
The Burlington County Prosecutor's Office said their deaths are being investigated as a homicide.
The victims are identified as Sasikala Narra, 38, and her son, 6-year-old Anish Narra.
Police were called to the Fox Meadow Apartments around 9 p.m. Thursday after Sasikala Narra's husband, identified by a close friend as Hanu Narra, reported the discovery.
Investigators say both victims were stabbed multiple times.
It's a murder mystery that has the Maple Shade neighborhood on edge.
"What kind of monster would come up and do something that scary?" said Lisa of Maple Shade.
"Someone is crazy. Someone is really, really crazy. Delusional, don't know what's going on in life," said Ashante Boorden of Maple Shade.
And also in sadness.
"I'll tell ya, it's saddening to see a child's life wiped out like that. It's unbelievable," said Alfred Maugeri of Maple Shade.
They want whoever brutally stabbed to death the mother and son found fast.
Close family friend Mohan Nannapaneni told us over the phone Friday night Hanu Narra called him shortly after finding his wife and son in a pool of blood.
"When he opened the house and he couldn't find his wife and son, and then he called Anish his son and he didn't answer, so when he went to open the bedroom and then he found those two people like dead and blood everywhere," said Nannapaneni.
Action News spoke with neighbors who live in apartments next to and above the Narras.
They say they were home, and it was quiet the whole time.
"Nothing. Didn't hear anything at all," said Maugeri.
They also say the Narras were wonderful people, especially little Anish.
"He was always happy. ... Yeah, 6 years old, always happy. Smart little kid, too," said a neighbor who didn't wish to be identified.
No arrests have been made, and there was no word on any suspects or a motive for this crime.