Mass Murder-Suicide Wipes Out Family in Allen Texas
A welfare check just before 1 a.m. on April 5 led Allen police to the discovery of six bodies in the 1500 block of Pine Bluff Drive.
Police confirmed the identities as 19-year-old twins Farhan and Farbin Towhid, their older brother Tanvir, 21, and their parents Iren and Towhidul Islam died. The children’s grandmother, Altafun Nessa was also a victim.
Police said the deaths are a result of a murder-suicide.
The family is part of a tight-knit Bangladeshi community.
“When I heard the news I couldn’t breathe for 20 to 30 minutes. How could it happen in a community like us? We’re so close and we visit each other and talk to each other, we have dinner and stuff, but inside the house… his children were unhappy for some reason and one thing led to another,” said family friend Shawn Ahsan. “We are heartbroken. I don’t know what else to say… ”
When officers arrived, they found the bodies, all dead from gunshot wounds. Police said the deaths are a result of a murder-suicide — two of the brothers killing their family.
Police said Farhan Towhid linked a lengthy suicide note from his Instagram. In it he writes “Hey everyone. I killed myself and my family.” He goes on to talk about how he has battled depression since 9th grade.
In the suicide note, Farhan Towhid said in February of this year, his older brother — who was also battling depression — made a proposition. He wrote that his brother said, “If we can’t fix everything in a year we’ll kill ourselves and our family.”
The letter details the brother’s plan.
“The plan was simple. We get two guns. I take one and shoot my sister and grandma, while my brother kills our parents with the other. Then we take ourselves out.”
No explanation apart from his depression are mentioned as to why Farhan Towhid allegedly decided to carry out the plan.
“If I killed just myself, they would be miserable,” he wrote. “I love my family. I genuinely do. And that’s exactly why I decided to kill them.”
Allen police said they had no prior interaction with the family that would give any indication such a tragedy could happen.
They are asking for anyone who may have additional information about the incident to please contact Investigator Tim Dowd at [email protected] or by phone at 214.509.4252.
If you or a loved one are struggling with suicidal thoughts, please reach out to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741741.
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