Authorities in Allen, Texas, are investigating the shooting death of six people in an apparent murder-suicide plot orchestrated by two of the deceased.
Two brothers, Tanvir, 21, and Fahran, 19, stand accused of killing four of their family members before ending their own lives in their home in Allen, Texas.
The suspects, along with the four remaining victims, were found dead early Monday morning in their home located on the 1500 block of Pine Bluff Drive. The deceased include the two brothers, a sister, both parents, and their grandmother.
Yellow "Crime scene do not cross" tape. | Photo: Pexel
Reports show that officers arrived at the scene on a welfare check just after 1 am, at the request of one of Fahran's friends who believed him suicidal.
The friend's fears stemmed from an earlier suicide note, which the suspects updated on Instagram, unveiling their suicidal pact. To accomplish that, they planned to use a gun which Tanvir was able to acquire easily.
The lengthy note detailed the young men's plot to end their lives and take the rest of the family along to spare them the ordeal of dealing with the grief of their suicides.
In the note, the siblings also revealed they were clinically depressed. The younger of the pair, Fahran, who posted the letter, traced his depression back to 2016 while he was in the ninth grade.
He also revealed he had been cutting himself for years and was unhappy over the ending of the TV show, "The Office." The teenager went on to list happiness as the only reason for existence. Hence, the conclusion that he shouldn't live since he was unhappy.
Altafun Nessa, who was on a month-long visit to the family from their hometown, was the sixth victim.
Although officers discovered the bodies on Monday morning, investigations show the murder-suicide plot may have gone down on Saturday. The decomposition observed in the bodies backs the claims but the date remains unconfirmed.
Allen Police Department failed to confirm the number of guns used in the killing of the family-of-six. However, they verified that 21-year-old Tanvir was able to legally acquire a gun days before.
Fahran Tawhid was a student of the University of Texas but withdrew in January. On Monday, the institution extended condolences to his family and friends.
Friends and relatives also expressed shock over the devastating turn of events. The family-of-six always appeared fun and happy on the outside, with no traces of underlying problems.
Police disclosed the victims' names as Towhidul Islam, 54, and his wife, Iren Islam, 56, their three children, including Tanvir Towhid, 21, and twins Fahran Towhid and Farbin Towhid, both 19.
77-year-old grandmother, Altafun Nessa, who was on a month-long visit to the family from their hometown, was the sixth victim, police report confirmed.
Authorities believe the victims were natives of Bangladesh who immigrated to the United States several years ago and have led relatively peaceful lives ever since, with no illegal run-ins with the police.
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255. Other international suicide helplines can be found at befrienders.org.
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