Andrew Weylin Beavers, 23, of Tracy’s Landing, Maryland has been charged with first and second-degree murder in the death of his tech guru mother
Beavers who lived with his mother at her house on the 6300 block of Genoa Road in Tracy’s Landing, was taken into custody Saturday in Leesburg, Virginia
The Tech CEO, who helped defend federal government against hackers cops said’ was stabbed to death ‘by her son, who hid her body in a car trunk
Juanita Koilpillai, 58, was one of the country’s foremost cybersecurity experts
She worked for the federal government to help fend off hackers Koilpillai worked for the biggest companies then founded her own firm along with her ex-husband, before selling off to Symantec
On July 25, Koilpillai was found dead outside the home she shared with son Andrew Beavers
She had been stabbed multiple times
Beavers was discovered the following day driving his mother’s car, a knife believed to be the murder weapon was found in his car
Forensic analysis of the knife found both his DNA, as well as his mother’s on the weapon
He is awaiting extradition to Maryland, but no motives have been established for the crime
The son of a highly-acclaimed cybersecurity expert has been charged with his mother’s murder after she was found stabbed to death at her home.
Juanita Koilpillai, 58, was described by colleagues as ‘a genius’.
Born in Sri Lanka, she moved to the U.S. in the early 1980s to study at the University of Kansas, and blazed a trail in the largely white, male sector – eventually founding a firm that counted the federal government among its clients.
Her son Andrew Weylin Beavers, 23, who lived with his mother at her house on the 6300 block of Genoa Road in Tracy’s Landing, was taken into custody Saturday in Leesburg, Virginia, and charged with first and second-degree murder.. Police have not yet released a motive.
Koilpillai was reported missing by her boyfriend around 3:30 p.m. Sunday, July 25 after he found blood inside her home she shared with her son in Tracy’s Landing in Anne Arundel County, Maryland.
Police searched the area and found her body hidden outside with multiple stab wounds. Her car was missing.
The next day investigators found her son with the car and what appeared to be the murder weapon at a house in Leesburg, Virginia, where the suspect’s father lives and where Koilpillai had another residence.
Beavers was interviewed in Leesburg and identified as a suspect, officers noticed a fresh cut on his right hand which he could not explain. The car was transported back to Anne Arundel County as evidence.
Forensic analysis of the knife found both his DNA, as well as his mother’s on the weapon.
Describing the murdered tech guru, said Dr. Ron Martin, a close friend and professor at Capitol Technology University said of the murdered tech guru, ‘I’ll say she was a certifiable genius’.
Martin also noted that she served as a mentor to a new generation of cybersecurity professionals.
‘She was always willing to help out students.
‘I would always refer students to her that were in the cyber realm, and she would give them guidance and counsel.’
The Capital Gazette reports that friends described her as a talented gardener, a celebrated chef, a charismatic hostess and a brilliant technology professional.
Koilpillai loved music, her son and daughter and horse races. She took delight in wearing bonnets custom at race tracks, said her friend Michaela Lorga.
She flew planes and produced community films with her ex-husband and traveled the world with her friends and their families.
She worked in computer security and network management for 30 years, also acting as a consultant to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, her friend Connie Moore told Gazette.
Koilpillai was a member of FEMA’s enterprise security management team and served as a principle investigator for several U.S. Department of Defense initiatives, according to her biography for Cloud Security Alliance.
Partnered with her ex-husband, Koilpillai created Cyberwolf, an advanced automated attack warning system used by the government.
They later sold the company to cybersecurity software company Symantec.
‘To grow a startup into a great company and then sell it to a bigger technology company was an incredible accomplishment,’ Moore told the paper.
‘But to do it as a woman, to do it as a as a person of color, just speaks volumes about her tenacity, about her brilliance, about her business acumen, about her technology expertise.
‘It was extraordinary.’ Moore said that she took sailing lessons, started a flourishing garden, and delighted in taking photos of marina sunsets and wildlife.
She also founded The Merge Foundation, that worked to mentor students, help them establish relationships with potential employers and hone their expertise in art, film-making, investments, and business, according to the foundation’s website.
‘She was just so happy in that element,’ Moore said.
‘We never could understand how she did it all. Because her friends were friends that did it all too, but we didn’t do it all at her level.
‘She was off the charts, living a full life in every aspect.’
Beavers is waiting extradition back to Anne Arundel County, Maryland after his arrest in in Leesburg, Virginia.