A Texas family of six were found dead inside their home early Monday morning following an apparent mass murder-suicide via two brothers.
The Allen Police Department were initially called to the family’s residence to perform a welfare check on what was reported to be a potentially suicidal young man living in the home. When the police arrived at the home around 1 am on Monday morning, they found the bodies of six family members.
On Monday afternoon, police identified the bodies as 77-year-old grandmother Altafun Nessa; 54-year-old father Towhidul Islam; 56-year-old mother Iren Islam; 21-year-old Tanvir Towhid; and 19-year-old twins Farhan Towhid and his sister Farbin Towhid.
According to Sergeant Jon Felty of the Allen Police Department, Farhan and Tanvir had made a pact to commit suicide together and to take their family with them. This plan was outlined in a lengthy letter that Farhan posted on his Instagram, which stated that both of the boys had been clinically depressed and were hoping to spare their family any grief over their death by taking their family’s lives first before killing themselves.
In the letter, Farhan wrote that he had been battling depression since the 9th grade. He revealed that his other brother said, “If we can’t fix everything in a year we’ll kill ourselves and our family.” The suicide note outlined the exact plan that the boys intended to follow, including the order in which they would structure their killings.
“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,” Farhan said. He also reasoned that, “If I killed just myself, they would be miserable. I love my family. I genuinely do. And that’s exactly why I decided to kill them.”
Although it had not been confirmed exactly when the deaths took place, investigators believe that the family was killed on Saturday night based on evidence that was found at the crime scene. Nonetheless, Sergeant Felty stated that none of the neighbors reported hearing any commotion and no gunshots were reported in the area.
Allen police said that they had not interacted with the family prior to the tragedy and had not been alerted of any indication that such an incident would occur by anyone who knew the family.
“I’ve been here 21 years in Allen. We have never had an incident like this in the 21 years that I’ve been here. So, as you can imagine, it’s just a tragedy. There’s no other way to describe it,” Felty said in a new briefing on Monday afternoon. “It’s a tragedy that you just can’t imagine. Our heartfelt condolences go out to the family members and friends and we’re just very sorry that this event occurred.”