A pair of brothers killed their parents, sister, and grandmother, leaving behind a chilling suicide note that said the murders were planned. Farhan Towhid, 19, and Tanvir Towhid, 21, murdered four members of their family before taking their own lives in Allen, Texas.
Allen Police Department officers discovered the bodies after responding to a call requesting a welfare check.
Officers entered the home and found six people dead with gunshot wounds, including the two brothers, Farhan’s twin sister Farbin, their parents Iren and Towhidul Islam, and their grandmother, 77-year-old Altafun Nessa. The family were immigrants from Bangladesh.
Allen police Sgt Jon Felty said, “Apparently two brothers made an agreement to commit suicide and ended up taking the entire family with them.” Police also confirmed that Farhan, a former computer science student at the University of Texas at Austin, posted his suicide letter from his Instagram to his Google Docs account.
The note began by saying, “I killed myself and my family. If I’m going to die, I might as well get some attention.”
The note then went on to talk about his years-long battle with depression.
“I would still have the urges to cut myself or end up crying myself to sleep. I tried doubling my medication which worked, but only temporarily. Every solution was always temporary,” the note said. Farhan then explains how he experienced a breakdown earlier this year. After dropping out of college, he found himself spending much of his time watching The Office with his older brother. Farhan then goes on a rant about how the popular TV sitcom ran on for two seasons too long.
He then says that on February 21, his brother walked into his room and said, “if we can’t fix everything in a year, we’ll kill ourselves and our family.” Farhan explains his decision to kill his family before committing suicide by saying that his loved ones could not go on living without him. “They would be miserable. They would spend the rest of their lives feeling guilt, despair, and a multitude of other adjectives that mean sad. Instead of having to deal with the aftermath of my suicide, I could just do them a favor and take them with me. None of us would ever have to feel sad ever again,” he said.
“I love my family. I genuinely do. And that’s exactly why I decided to kill them,” he said. He then outlines the plan to carry out the murders. “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.” He also said in the note that “gun control in the US is a joke,” and all they had to do to get a gun was go to a store and sign some papers. “There was a question asking if he had any mental illnesses but – get this – he lied,” Farhan wrote about his brother purchasing the weapons. “He literally just said no. They didn’t ask for proof or if he was taking any medication (he was) … Thanks for making the process so easy.”