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Four arrested in death of NASA computer scientist

June 17, 1997

PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) _ Police Monday arrested two adults and two teen-agers _ all believed to be gang members _ in the beating death of a NASA scientist, a killing that shocked this affluent city with a low crime rate.

Herbert Kay’s slaying was the first homicide in Palo Alto this year and only the fifth in the city since 1991. The city has one of the lowest rates of major crime in the San Francisco Bay area.

The four suspects were arrested in raids in the neighboring cities of East Palo Alto and Mountain View. Police declined to discuss a possible motive or details of the investigation.

Kay, 38, was killed Thursday night on a downtown street not far from his home and around the corner from the police station. He was a computer scientist at NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View.

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