Early Monday, police forced them into a red brick house in Allen, Tex. Inside, they found six people dead: Farhan Towhid; His brother Tanvir Towhid, 21; His father, Towhidul Islam, 54; His mother, Iren Islam, 56; His grandmother, Altafun Nessa, 77; And twin sister, 19, Farbin Towhid.
They were all shot to death, police said, with Farhan and Tanvir Towhid as part of the suicide pact they both had. More than a month planned
“It seems that the two sons… have made a deal that they are going to make. [die by] Suicide and they would take a family member, ”Allen Police Department Sgt. Jon Felty told KRLD.
Police have not confirmed when the deaths occurred. But said the brothers were likely to have killed their family members Saturday night.
The massacre of a family, who moved from Bangladesh from Bangladesh to the United States about 15 years ago, shocked friends and neighbors.
“We couldn’t believe it happened to this family,” a friend of the 60-year-old Sied Chowdhury told The Washington Post. We do not see anything wrong with the family, any problems. “
The Towhid family first settled in New York before moving to Allen, a northern suburb of Dallas, Chowdhury said, Towhidul, whose father worked in information technology, while his wife Iren took care of the home and children, a neighbor told AFP. Dallas Morning News said her grandmother, Altafun, was visiting from Bangladesh and was scheduled to return home last week. But her flight was postponed because of the epidemic.
Farbin, Farhan’s twin sister, recently accepted a fully funded scholarship to attend New York University, KDFW reported.
According to Farhan on Instagram, he and brother Tanvir have been battling mental illness for years.
Farhan wrote that he had been suffering from depression since the 9th grade and repeatedly hurt himself. His family tried to help him. But he said his mental health problems have worsened recently. He previously studied computer science at the University of Texas at Austin, he wrote. But was fired from his dorm in the winter after telling his roommates he planned to kill his family.
He moved home where Tanvir, who he described as “depressed and socially anxious,” stayed.
The duo eventually decided to kill their family, and then he wrote himself, “Instead of dealing with the aftermath of my suicide, I just saved them and brought them along.” read
The couple bought guns, he added, “Gun control in the United States is a joke” because they both lied when asked if they had a mental illness. Police did not confirm the number of guns it fired, adding that Tanvir was legally able to purchase guns “recently,” KXAS reported.
It was not clear when Farhan was accused of posting on Instagram, but police said officers arrived at the house around 1am on Monday.
“We’ve never happened like this in the 21 years I’ve been here,” Felt told KXAS. “It’s just a tragedy. There is no other way to explain. “
Felty said none of the neighbors had reported hearing gunshots and that police had not received any reports of gunfire in the area. The family never reported any problems to the police, he added.
Chowdhury said the local Bangladeshi community continued to grapple with the news. The loss of the family, which participated in the Bangladesh Association of North Texas, tightened a void in the community.
Nahida Ali, the association’s general secretary, called the news “frightening” and “shocking” in a Facebook post on Monday. The University of Texas at Austin also expressed mourning for the death of the sibling, who the university identified as a former student.
“Today we received extremely sad news about the deaths of two former students,” the university said in a joint statement to KTVT. We would like to express our deepest sympathy to their family and friends. ”
Some members of the Bangladeshi community arrived on the scene on Monday morning and did not leave until the family’s bodies were removed from the home around 6:00 p.m., Chowdhury said.
“I’ve never seen a crime like this before,” Chowdhury said. “It’s hard to swallow. They have many friends in the neighborhood. It’s a heartbreaking matter for the community. “
If you or someone you know needs help, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255). You can also text a crisis counselor by sending a Crisis Text Line message at 741741.