Texas Family Allegedly Killed By Two Brothers In Tragic Murder-Suicide Remembered As 'Fun-Loving, Simple' Clan
Relatives and friends of a Texas family who were shot and killed in suicide over the weekend remember them as a "fun-loving, simple" clan known for their kindness, intellectual prowess, and good manners.
It is believed that brothers Farhan Towid, 19, and Tanvir Towhid, 21, systematically shot their mother, father, sister, and grandmother at the Allen family home on Saturday before turning themselves into what Allen Police Sgt John Felty described Oxygen.com as an "indescribable tragedy".
Allen Police discovered the bodies of all six early Monday morning after a concerned friend called the department to request a social check at around 1 a.m. after discovering Farhan posted a disturbing suicide note on Instagram detailing the murders recognized.
Police have identified the victims as Towhidul Islam, 54; Irish Islam, 56; Farbin Towhid, 19; and Altafun Nessa, 77, together with the two brothers. Farbin and Farhan had been twins.
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Farhan Towhid, Tanvir Towhid, Towhidul Islam, Iren Islam and Farbin Towhid. Photo: Facebook
Shawn Ashan, a close friend of Towhidul Islam for about 11 years, told the Dallas Morning News that he learned of the deaths from a friend Monday morning.
"I said, 'You have to be kidding me," he told the newspaper, "I couldn't breathe for 20 minutes, to be honest, I cried in my office."
Towhidul has always been "proud" of his three children, Ashan said.
Sahnewaz Hossain, who got to know Irish Islam in a joint religion class, also remembered the pride she had in her family.
"The mother always talked about the boys, how well they study, how they can get into good schools with scholarships," she said. "Every time I came home I would tell my kids how well they were doing. They were a fun-loving, simple family."
Fazia Rahman graduated from Allen High School with Farbin and Farhan last year.
"Your parents were really the nicest people I have ever met in my life," Rahman told the Dallas Morning News. “So kind, caring. ... They treated everyone like their own children. They would read: "Come on in, we have food for you, come on, eat."
Angelina Biswas, another classmate, remembered Farbin as sweet and kind.
"[She] was so bubbly," said Biswas. "Talking to her was like a lightbulb that goes out all the time."
Farbin had reportedly received a full scholarship from New York University.
Friends said Nessa visited the Bangladeshi family and planned to return home last week but was delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Before moving to Texas, the family had lived in New York City while Towhidul was getting his Masters degree and working several jobs to support his young family.
Yuen Sang told the New York Post that the family lived in their home in Queens 15 years ago. She described the family as "such nice people" and said Towhidul was a "wonderful man".
“He's a gentleman, a very good man who loves his family. Works very hard, "she said, describing how he worked as a baker when she knew him and how he was" so happy "when he got his Masters degree.
But while Sang remembered that the young Farbin was "very smart" and a "nice girl", she said that Farhan had "some problems" even then and had gone to a special school.
Farhan alluded to his personal struggles in the long note he posted on Instagram, describing how he had failed college, cut himself since 9th grade, and struggled with debilitating depression.
"He's had some incidents lately that weren't going well for him," said Felty.
According to the note, the two brothers decided not only to take their own lives, but also to kill their family because they did not want their loved ones to live with the grief and sadness they would likely experience after their death.
"If I just killed myself, they would be miserable," wrote Farhan, according to local broadcaster KTVT. "I love my family. I really do. And that's why I decided to kill them."
But those who knew the family hope they will be reminded of more than just their tragic final moments.
"We don't want this to be her family legacy," Rahman told the Dallas Morning News. “They were such great people; They really touched the lives of everyone they came in contact with. ... They were good people with a bright future ahead of them. "
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