One of the brothers who planned an apparent murder-suicide that killed six family members this week said in a lengthy suicide note that he told his former college roommate he was going to kill his family.
As previously reported, police in Allen, Texas, believe 19-year-old Farhan Towhid, and his bother Tanvir Towhid, 21, killed their parents, sister, and grandmother at their Allen, Texas, home sometime this weekend before taking their own lives. Police responding to a welfare check request early Monday morning found the bodies of the two brothers; Frahan’s twin sister, 19-year-old Farbin Towhid; their parents, Towhidul Islam, 54; and his wife, Iren Islam, 56; and grandmother Altafun Nessa, 77. All had been shot to death.
Farhan Towhid reportedly posted a link on social media to an 11-page Google Docs letter explaining his reasoning for the murder-suicide. In the letter, Farhan said that he and his brother had long suffered from depression and believed that their family would be devastated if they committed suicide, so the brothers chose to take their lives as well.
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The letter, which prompted a family friend to call authorities, was quickly removed from the Google Docs platform, but the Washington Post appears to have obtained the document. According to the Post’s report, Farhan Towhid said in the suicide note that he told his roommate at the University of Texas at Austin in December that he was planning to kill his family, a threat he said resulted in his expulsion from campus housing.
But a University of Texas at Austin spokesperson denied that Towhid was expelled, telling the newspaper that he “voluntarily withdrew from school in January 2021 and canceled his housing contract, checking out of his residence hall on January 31.”
“The University of Texas Police Department has no police reports filed on Farhan and there were no concerns reported to our behavior concerns advice line,” the spokesperson added.
According to the Washington Post report, Farhan Towhid also wrote in the letter about how easy it was for him and his brother to purchase guns, even though they both had mental health conditions, Towhid claimed.
He said that he and his brother lied about their mental health history and were easily able to purchase an unknown number or type of firearms.
“… gun control in the U.S. is a joke,” Towhid wrote.
Those who knew the family are in shock and disbelief about the apparent murder-suicide.
“We just can’t believe it happened to this family,” family friend Sied Chowdhury told the Washington Post. “They are a very loving family. We didn’t see anything wrong with the family, any problems.”
If you or someone you know is in crisis, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741741.
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[Feature image: The Towhid family/The Bangladesh Association of North Texas]