Mother shot daughter in face battled depression

OVIEDO, Fla. — In a taped interview with detectives, Prasad Chittaluru said he woke up around 6:30 a.m. January 27 with an email from his sister, saying she planned to kill herself and her daughter.

Chittaluru went over to his sister's Oviedo home to find them in the master bedroom.

"There was a lot of blood coming out of my niece and my sister was laying there," Chittaluru said. "And you can see her eyes slips back."

Police said Sujatha Guduru shot her daughter Chetana Guduru, 17, in the face, killing her, then she shot herself in the chest in a failed suicide attempt.

In the tape interview you can hear detectives ask Chittaluru, "Did you know she owned a gun?" Chittaluru said, "No. Never. I would have never allowed her to have that."

In the interview, Chittaluru talked extensively about his sister's mental state, saying she'd been seeking treatment for depression for about seven years. He said her problems began when she witnessed a mugging while living in Houston.

"Whenever she's down, she used to tell me, like, 'I don't want to live anymore,'" Chittaluru said.

But despite that, her brother said the shooting was unexpected, thinking lately, she'd been acting OK.

Chittaluru said he never thought she had it in her to commit such a violent act.

"I didn't notice she was off. Nothing at all. Nothing at all. No man not at all," Chittaluru said. "She's like docile as they get, man. I don't know how the hell she did it. I don't know how she pulled it off."

Chetana Guduru was a senior at Seminole High School. Her mother is being held at the Seminole County Jail charged with first-degree murder.


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