Texas family reportedly killed by two brothers in tragic murder-suicide seen as ‘fun and easy’ clan
Relatives and friends of a Texan family shot down in a seemingly murder-suicide over the weekend are remembered as a “simple and fun” clan known for their kindness, intellectual prowess, and friendly nature. Brothers Farhan Towid, 19, and Tanvir Towhid, 21, reportedly systematically shot their mother, father, sister and grandmother on Saturday at Allen’s family home before committing suicide in what Allen Police Sgt. John Felty described to Oxygen.com as a “tragedy beyond description”. Allen police discovered the bodies of the six people early Monday morning after a concerned friend called the department to request a welfare check around 1 a.m. after seeing that Farhan posted a suicide note ominously on Instagram, welcoming the murders. Police identified the victims as Towhidul Islam, 54; Iren Islam, 56 years old; Farbin Towhid, 19; and Altafun Nessa, 77, with the two brothers. Farbin and Farhan were twins. 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 a friend’s death Monday morning. “I said, ‘You are kidding me,'” he told the newspaper. “I couldn’t breathe for 20 minutes to be honest with you, I was crying in my office.” Towhidul had always been “proud” of his three children, Ashan said. Sahnewaz Hossain, who got to know Iren Islam in a religious class they gathered, also recalled the pride she had in her family. “Mum always talked about the boys, how good they were at their studies, how they got into good schools with scholarships,” she said. “Every time I came home I told my kids how good they were doing. It was a simple and fun family. Fazia Rahman graduated from Allen High School with Farbin and Farhan last year. “Their parents were truly the nicest people I have ever met in my life,” Rahman told the Dallas Morning News. “So friendly, caring. … They treated everyone as if they were their own children. They would be like ‘Come in, we’ve got food for you, come and eat.’ Angelina Biswas, another classmate, remembered Farbin as gentle and friendly. “[She] was so bubbly, ”Biswas said. “Talking to him was like a light bulb going out all the time.” Farbin would have had a full scholarship to New York University. Friends said Nessa visited family in Bangladesh and planned to return home last week, but was delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Prior to moving to Texas, the family had lived in New York City while Towhidul was completing his masters degree and working several jobs to support his young family. Yuen Sang told the New York Post that the family had lived in their apartment building in Queens 15 years ago. She described the family as “such a nice people” and said Towhidul had been a “wonderful man”. “He’s a gentleman, a very good man, who loves his family. Work very hard, “she said, describing how he worked as a baker when she knew him and how he was” so happy “when he graduated. But while Sang remembered young Farbin as being” very brilliant “and a” nice girl, “she said Farhan had already had” some problems “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 off since the 9th “He’s had incidents lately that haven’t gone well unrolled for him, ”Felty said. According to the note, the two brothers not only decided to kill themselves, but also to kill their family because they didn’t. They don’t want their loved ones to live with the grief and sadness they would likely experience after their death. “If I only killed myself, they would be miserable,” Farhan wrote, according to local station KTVT. “I love my family . I really do. And that’s exactly why I decided to kill them. “But those who knew the family say they hope they will be remembered for more than their last tragic moments.” We don’t want this. either their family heirloom, “Rahman told The Dallas Morning News.” truly touched the lives of everyone they came in contact with.… They were good people with a bright future ahead of them.