COLUMBUS, Ohio — In every picture or video that you’d see of Anish Rajan Rajaram, you could almost feel his love for adventure and life.
"He never wanted to regret anything, you know, he wanted to live completely,” said Gabe Finta, one of Anish’s childhood friends.
Gabe said he and Anish met when the two were in 8th grade. They recently traveled across the world to Dubai, where he said Anish conquered one of his fears — skydiving.
"He just kind of had that sense of like, you know, I don't really care what people think, I’m just going to be myself,” said Alex Milavickas, one of Anish’s college friends.
Every friend that spoke to 10TV described Anish as the "glue" that brought everyone together.
And now, everyone who knew him is at a loss for words.
On Wednesday, Anish, and his parents, 54-year-old Rajan Rajaram and 51-year-old Santhalatha Rajan, were found dead in their Dublin home.
Investigators believe the family had been dead for days, after suffering gunshot wounds, before they were found. It's being called a murder-suicide, but police have not yet figured out who fired the gun.
"Over the last few days, I've had a hard time processing it…I wanted someone to tell me this is some kind of joke, some messed up joke,” said Karar Bahar.
"In all the news reports, there's a picture of his front house. Then there's his car…and that car we've had so many memories in blasting Katey Perry and singing at the top of our lungs,” said Bahar.
They tell us what’s keeping them going is knowing Anish would want them to never look back.
“It is not death that most people are afraid of, it's getting to the end of life only to realize that you never truly lived, we always talked about that,” said Finta. “I’m going to think about him when it comes to motivation.”