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Two brothers shot and killed four family members in Texas before taking their own lives in a twisted plot to end their own suffering.
Farhan Towid, 19, and his older brother Tanvir Towhid, 21, systematically shot their mother, father, sister and grandmother in the family’s Allen home over the weekend before turning the gun on themselves.
“It’s just a tragedy beyond description,” Sgt. Jon Felty, of the Allen Police Department, told Oxygen.com.
Allen Police uncovered the carnage after receiving a call around 1 a.m. Monday from a friend of the family who was concerned that one of the sons was suicidal after finding a disturbing letter on Instagram from Farhan claiming to have killed his family.
“We went to the location to do a welfare check on that individual and through the investigation the officers on scene quickly realized that there were six deceased individuals in the residence,” Felty said.
Along with the bodies of the two brothers, police identified the other victims as Towhidul Isam, 54; Iren Islam, 56; Farbin Towhid, 19; and Altafun Nessa, 77. Farbin and Farhan were twins.
Farhan detailed his motivations behind the slaying in a lengthy suicide note on Instagram.
“Hey everyone. I killed myself and my family,” he began the note, according to local station KTVT, before delving into what he described as a long struggle with depression, which involved cutting himself.
Farhan wrote the idea to kill the family initially came from his older brother, who he said also had a lengthy past with depression.
“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,” he wrote.
The brothers said they decided to kill their other family members so they wouldn’t have to live with the grief they’d likely experience after their deaths.
“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.”
Felty said the letter written by Farhan centered around four basic points. The first was that Farhan had been cutting himself since the 9th grade and struggled with debilitating depression.
“Apparently, recently he had been cutting with more and more frequency,” Felty said.
In his second point, Farhan said he had tried to seek treatment for depression by going to therapy and taking medication, but it had not been effective in warding off his mental health issues.
He said he determined that the “only reason for existence is happiness” and because it had eluded him, he didn’t believe there was a reason to continue living, the note said, according to KDFW.
Felty said the brothers initially agreed they were going to commit suicide, developed a plan and then decided to wait a year to see if they could fix their situation, but later decided to just wait a month before carrying out the grisly plan.
“He had some incidents lately that did not go well for him,” Felty said, adding that the note detailed his short-lived attempt at college and other disappointments.
Farhan also expressed frustration with the ending of the hit television series “The Office.”
“He was extremely disappointed with how that series ended,” Felty said. “It didn’t end the way he wanted it to end and he gave a couple suggestions of how it could have ended better.”
Finally, in his fourth point, Farhan talked about how easy it had been for his brother to obtain a weapon to carry out the murders despite being on medication himself.
“I guess his brother, according to the writing, was on some type of medication as well and he felt like it was too easy for him to obtain a firearm based on the fact that he was taking some type of medication for depression,” Felty said.
Felty said he believed Farhan left the note behind because he “wanted to be heard.”
Faiza Rahman, a close friend of Farhan, said she’s still struggling to accept her friend’s alleged actions.
“I haven’t mended the two version of him in my head yet. You know the one who I knew and was so close to and would talk to for like hours upon end about anything, and like the one that did this,” she told KDFW. “Like this was supposed to be himself showing how much he loved them, and I know it doesn’t make sense to us.”
Police said they are continuing to investigate the murder-suicide.
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