[UPDATED with DA Charges Shalabh Rastogi:] Jalina George, OC Homicide No. 18: Husband Held for Strangulation Murder

Categories: 2012 Homicides
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UPDATE, MAY 23, 12:31 P.M.: Irvine's Shalabh Rastogi is being held without bail pending a scheduled arraignment in Santa Ana today on charges that he strangled and murdered his wife in the apartment they shared with their three children, prosecutors announced.

The 39-year-old finance worker faces one felony count of murder and a maximum sentence of 25 years to life in state prison if convicted, according to an Orange County District Attorney's office (OCDA) statement.

The OCDA claims Rastogi and his 40-year-old wife, Jalina George, were experiencing "marital trouble" leading up to Monday night, when the husband is accused of strangling and murdering her in a bedroom, leaving her body in a closet and dialing 9-1-1.

The Irvine Police Department previously revealed that Rastogi told the dispatcher and responding officers that he killed George during an argument. He was arrested without incident. The couple's children, who were not home at the time, were taken into protective care.

Should Rastogi plead not guilty despite the reported confession, he'll face an uphill battle to achieve his innocence, as the OCDA statement notes that the case has drawn veteran homicide prosecutor Matt Murphy, who seldom loses.

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UPDATE, MAY 23, 10:53 A.M.: The county coroner has ruled the death of Jalina George, 40, of Irvine, a homicide. However, despite an autopsy Tuesday, the cause of death has not been released pending the filing of criminal charges.

No weapon was found at the murder scene--a Monte Vista apartment George shared with her husband and three children--and Irvine Police do not believe there is one, says Lt. Julia Engen, the department spokeswoman.

George's 39-year-old husband, Shalabh Rastogi, confessed to the killing and is being held on suspicion of murder, according to a statement from Engen.

The couple's three children are in protective custody.

UPDATE, MAY 22, 12:31 P.M.: On May 8, Jalina George tweeted the following: "If someone doesn't appreciate your presence, maybe you should give them your absence."

She is the mother of three found dead in her Irvine apartment last night after her husband called to say he killed the 40-year-old after an argument.

George had been a senior clinical data manager at Allergan. The Facebook page of her husband, Shalabh Rastogi, confirms that it is him and their three children delivering the video Mother's Day message at the bottom of this page to George in May 2011, around the time she joined the Irvine-based pharmaceutical giant.

Rastogi's Facebook page includes this photo from happier times:

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Shalabh Rastogi and Jalina George in 2010.
He has left messages on several motorcycle enthusiast websites, and his Facebook page includes this photo:

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Shalabh Rastogi, ready to ride
He is obviously a thrill-seeker, dedicating the following sky dive to his three children:


Here is a photo he would have rather not taken, his booking shot:
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Shalabh Rastogi is being held on $1 million bail for murder.
 George's tweets are very cryptic and/or philosophical. Consider the following:

May 4: Fool me once, shame on you! Fool me twice, shame on me!!

April 25: Made a new blunder today. Tomorrow is another day.

Need to practice to forgive and forget

Today I learned the hard way..It is all good. Made me a better person.


April 8: Go to your bosom: Knock there, and ask your heart what it doth know William Shakespeare

March 12: why am I parked parallel in a vertical world...?

Nov. 9. 2011: What are we doing here?

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53 comments
Someone
Someone

I know the people in this story and it doesn't have a happy ending. Doesn't mean you can post bad comments like smart-asses. Kk you don't know the whole story, this is just an outline. You don't know everything so stop acting like you do. Thank you :D

aviatoranurag
aviatoranurag

Extremely Sad to hear this.. may god give courage to kids and family, RIP Jalina.

I'm a family friend, Guys disaster like this is a consequence of series of incidents, wish someone had counselled them before this,

And here we all seems to be passing a verdict against Tony! Any one tried to understand what lead a happy family to this? how come a guy so sombre and soft could do this to his own wife he had a love marriage, and his three darling kids??? I've heard  good words from Tony's parents about Jalina & kids, than how come? may be in our busy professional life today we're missing out on our precious family relations...

Pls dont be so judgemental guys...Tony is still one of us, I'm not trying to shield him but it's only humans who make mistake.

Rent_tustin
Rent_tustin

Any news about the proceedings and the real reason behind the murder?

Veersounds
Veersounds

This is Ami Shalab's music producer. We just found out about Jalina's passing. We have no idea how to get in touch with anyone, if there is a service being held, or where the children are. Please if anyone has any information please contact us at veersounds@gmail.com. Thank you.

Calif
Calif

Just because you consider yourselves 'family friends' does not mean you know them. I doubt that their own relatives even knew the whole story. Here is what someone wrote:

"How could this be a "Shock"? This woman was a member of a South Asian Community Outreach for Abused Women, while living in Boston! You tell me you didn't see the signs or just didn't want to?It is very curious that her Facebook page alludes to loneliness and despair - AND she was a member of SAHELI but these so called "Family Friends" didn't want to get involved!RIP Jalina! You are in a better place. "

If she was abused previously I'm sure she didnt feel comfortable announcing it to the world. She was a loving wife and always tried her best to help her husband deal with his issues. Unfortunately no one was there to look out for her. RIP.

Lissytkappen
Lissytkappen

I cant belive my Kunjumol (Kunji) is no more.I dont know what happened to you Tony??.Why you killed your childrens mam.Do you think they will appology to you.How can you live without her.Where is my Kikky and all.My dearest Kuji where are you da.

Guest
Guest

RIP Jalina...I hope the kids find strength to move on from this

Colleague
Colleague

I worked with Shalabh in Boston area and I know him very well.  To say that I'm shocked and greatly disturbed is an understatement.  He is one of the most soft spoken and sensible person I ever knew .. I never once heard his voice raised let alone temper or anger. The way our lives are structured these days is there are very few outlets left to vent out frustrations and they get pent up until unthinkable happens ... offcourse these are all theories and we will go back to our lives while lives of 5 people are turned upside down forever

KH
KH

I do not even know Jalina but ever since I heard about this horrible news,  I can't stop thinking about their kids.  In a moment, everything drastically changed for the kids.  I pray to God for these kids to be able to move on with their life.  I am a mother of young children.  What went wrong with this family?  Why did this happen?  People should seek help when they need help.

Please God protect these kids forever!

Ksks169
Ksks169

What is wrong with you people.  Jalina was an amazing mother, colleague and friend.  Domestic Violence is no joke, this is truly sad and my heart goes to her chilldren, friends and family

Melbinmpan
Melbinmpan

she was my friend..soul rest in peace

Guest
Guest

RIP Jalina. You are being missed by a lot of folks in Boston area. WE are all very very very sorry this happened. Kids you are in our thougths and prayers. You are strong and talented, you will come out of this tragedy stronger..Why Shalabh ? in a minute you changed so many lives ...

Kat
Kat

Oh i'm heartbroken to read this, I worked with Jalina a few years back - she was a sweet lady and a loving mother. My thoughts and prayers go out to her family and friends during this very sad time!

Delhi
Delhi

As a person who knew Jalina for a long time, I can say that she was an angel, devoted her life to the children and family.  We all are going to miss you.

Junk
Junk

Heart breaking.. Please please give kids courage and a good caretaker

1rudhwan
1rudhwan

I get so sad reading this. I hope kids find a good home. Jalina was a great person, great friend and a wonderful mom.

Ana
Ana

You will be missed Jalina. I hope your children grow up to remember you as the strong, beautiful, loving and devoted mother that you were. You deserved better. Children if/when you read this know that life is not always fair but you are strong enough to have faced this horrible reality. You are each so talented so pursue your dreams and know in your angelic hearts that your mother is so proud of you and is looking down upon you with a smile.

123
123

Prayers for three talented and intelligent kids to survey in this tough world without their parents.Wishing them all the best and my deepest condolence to the kids.

Clarej
Clarej

There's a lot of speculation in these comments just based off the DA's press release.  There are many ways someone can be technically strangled and it doesn't always mean choking but could result from a karate chop type blow to the neck.   Choking would require some level of intent during the moment but a karate chop to the neck could be accidental if say the assailant meant to hit or slap the face with a lot of force but missed or the victim moved.  Regardless though, even if Rastogi had no intention of killing her, his violent actions resulted in just that and he is still 100% guilty for that. 

Jackie
Jackie

Strangling someone requires a great amount of effort and time. One would have to make a conscious effort to keep up with the force it requires to continue suffocating the person. You look directly at the victim and try to block their screams but instead it makes you more powerful and you put more force with your hands surrounding their throat. So Shalabh Rastogi kills her and drags or carries his wife's body to the closet. Does that show regret? For hours the dead body was in the closet. Enough time to have him come out of shock and to go cry to the body if he had any regrets or if he had indeed killed her in a moment of anger. Instead he waited..then calls and says "I killed my wife." he did NOT say "i did it accidentally, i'm sorry" once again no regret. Luckily children were not home. In this type of case we usually see a sign that the parent panics and starts thinking about the future when he is faced with the questioning eyes of children. In this panic he kills the children and then himself. He justifies it by telling himself that they will have to suffer no more. Let's all take a moment and pray for the safety and well being of the children and for the family of the victim

Ratesh
Ratesh

I'm Jalina's friend. I'm shocked 2  hear this news and devastated. The innocent kids dont have any parents. For one minute lets not think about our friendship with Tony. If someone random had murdered Jalina, we would be filled with anger. We would want to see the person responsible behind bars for a lifetime with no chance of parole. Now we find out that it's her husband, the one person we would least expect it to be is responsible and all of a sudden we stop talking about how we want to see the person responsible suffer for eternity? Is no one thinking about what his one mistake did to the family of Jalina, most important to the children who lost their mother. for the rest of their lives they will not only have to cry themselves to sleep every night. there father gifted them with a torture of crying every mothers day and being angry and sad on every fathers day. When someone will ask them what happened to their mother, the innocent child will have no choice but to be reminded that THEIR FATHER STRANGLED THEIR MOTHER! they will be confused for the rest of their lives. My heard is aching for the pain the kids will go through. I want to be the first one to say that I want to see Shalabh being punished to the fullest extent. He left all Jalina's friends family and the children in tears and anger for eternity. If this person gets less than 25 years in prison. I will protest. Who is with me?

Friend
Friend

Jalina....May your soul rest in peace... ! I hope & pray that the kids are well looked after & get over this horrible situation during their prime age.....Prayers can do wonders & are the best medicine for any calamity when nothing else can be done. Kids - you are in my prayers.

Nimmyroy200
Nimmyroy200

Hi Jaleena,We all your family prayer for you.We love you and  miss you di

Scoobysteven
Scoobysteven

Maybe dude will see the error of his ways after being subjected to some good ole' prison sodomy.  That should be enough to spread that unibrow of his.

20ftJesus
20ftJesus

Never talk to the police.  Shalabh should have called his attorney first. 

Guest
Guest

there is no argument that should or would lead to killing anyone.. this guy did not even care about his kids.. they are very smart and intelligent kids..

Neighbor
Neighbor

I'm a neighbor of the family and my heart goes out to the kids whom I saw daily playing outside.  I have to say this has been somewhat of an eye opening life changing event for me because you would never have suspected anything was wrong more or less that such a thing could happen to this otherwise seemingly happy family.   I saw the husband outside being questioned and later arrested by the police.  He looked completely in shock, distraught, and wouldn't speak much except when he asked about his kids and then he completely broke down.  I hate to speculate but it didn't seem like it was premeditated.  

Guys, if you have a hot temper and tend to be violent just leave during an argument before others and yourself have to face severe consequences.

LJ
LJ

She was angel. A great mother and friend. I am deeply saddened. My prayers are with her family at this time. Rest in peace JG. We love you.

Nadia
Nadia

I just lost one of my closest friends. Please be respectful when you make comments. We love you Jalina.

Crz9458jenny
Crz9458jenny

um facebook her. i'm sure the kid is on fb.

St78allen
St78allen

usually the abusers can get emotional when the partner threatens to leave them. they promise to change most even cry but once a hitter always a hitter

Colleague2
Colleague2

I worked with shalabh in boston area for many years. As 'Colleague' said i too never saw him raise his voice in any situation. I always saw him as a loving father and a loving husband. I know jalina has family in CA and that is one of the reasons they moved to CA from MA. Life for the kids would never be the same again but i hope they go to Jalina's family rather than foster homes. I still cant beleive that Shalabh did this. But what has happned has happned i hope and pray god gives the three kids strength to cope with this.

Kookila
Kookila

God give courage to kids, I know Shalabh's parents, they are shocked and devastated. Shalabh has been a quiet, sombre, thorough gentle as a boy, What went wrong with you two?why?How could you?

Someone
Someone

@Ratesh You don't know the whole story so stfu! Seriously, i don't care how you knew Tony, you better check yourself. I hope you can see your mistake and become a better human being. Try and protest but know this, you are emotionally killing everyone close to the family, including his three beautiful children...

Priya_ilu1
Priya_ilu1

I agree with you 110%.. People that know them should be the first to understand what he did to his kids.. This was the animal inside him that came out.. and did this.. who know's what this guy is capable of.. If this guy does not get punished to the fullest extent. I am with you Ratesh.. I heard from a friends of Jalina's that they were having problem because of Religion. He was not happy.. god knows what this guy wanted.. I just wish She had come out and told someone.. May god bless her soul.  

Leeleeleen
Leeleeleen

if u happen to know anymore details about Jalina's case. Pls tell us since you are her neighbor. I am a friend of Jalina. She told me once she had nice neighbor who has villa in Dubai.

Kunnathm
Kunnathm

I know him... he cant do this, may be an accident

Suhaib M. Siddiqi
Suhaib M. Siddiqi

This is extremely shocking.  I had seen those lovely girls dance at local functions in Boston area.  It will devastating to those lovely kids who lost their mother.

Kijohnson
Kijohnson

Nadia it is Morgans mom. Praying for the family. Will keep you in prayers as well. Please email me your contact info. you can find me on facebook under Ki Johnson.

Tommy
Tommy

You really are a racist piece of shit.

Anger
Anger

Mitch Young, you must have been ignored as a child by your parents huh and need attention through posting dumb-ass remarks! You are an insensitive idiot human being! Jalina was kind and nice to everyone and she would have even been nice to you!

Suhaib M. Siddiqi
Suhaib M. Siddiqi

Mitch Young, You must be a mentally sick person. shame on you and people like you

Mspencer78
Mspencer78

You are a disgusting human being.

PVdude
PVdude

Wow.  Asshole post, dude.  That makes you an asshole.

Mrg Matri
Mrg Matri

i wish it all was a nightmare.. whole family is destroyed in seconds.

Leeleeleen
Leeleeleen

he confessed that he had done it

Frzmart
Frzmart

there is no accident.. you say you no him.. ..well guess what you dont.. If any one cared for Jalina or cares for the three innocent kids.. you can never say anything like this.. who knows.. this guy went crazy, he could have killed the kids if they were home.. he should be killed.. and he should never ever get to see his kids.. 

Guest
Guest

No one knows what they're truly capable of during a heated argument.   Maybe it was a slap gone wrong, but there should never have been a slap or any other violent contact to begin with.  

Ramya_venkatraman
Ramya_venkatraman

Iam Jalina's friend.the whole family is so nice.please don't post anything bad.If anyone has any contacts with the kids are extended family please mail ramya_venkatraman@yahoo.com

Lot of their old friends are deeply concerned hearing this news.please contact us.May her soul rest in peace.

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