Farhan Towhid and his older brother Tanvir Towhid gunned down four family members inside their Texas home before turning the weapons on themselves in a chilling crime that they plotted months in advance. The family was from Bangladesh.
According to Fox 4, police believe Farhan Towhid, 19, and his older brother, Tanvir Towhid, 21, carried out the carnage at the family’s home in Allen, Texas on Saturday. One of Farhan’s friends was concerned that he was suicidal.
“Hey everyone. I killed myself and my family, If I’m going to die, I might as well get some attention” Farhan Towhid began his suicide note.
Farhan Towhid, 19, said he and his 21-year-old brother, Tanvir Towhid, were united in manic depression and all-day TV-watching sessions in a rambling 12-page note posted to his Instagram page.
“I’ve had depression since 9th grade (2016). Not the ‘damn, I failed my test’ depression everyone says they have, more like a ‘I only cut myself twice today, that’s better than usual,’” Farhan wrote, saying his brother’s condition “was much worse. “The dude is a f—ing genius but is too depressed and socially anxious to do anything with it.”
“The first and most important show we watched was ‘The Office’,” Farhan wrote in the note that stated, “The Office” was “the first and most important show we watched.” He then went on a rant about how the show “should’ve ended when [Carell’s character] Michael left” because “it eventually went s–t,” lamenting plot and character developments that irritated him.
“People say the finale makes up for it, which is a complete lie. Sure it was cute, but it doesn’t justify the last few s—y seasons we had to deal with,” he wrote, saying he had “a lot more I want to say but hey, life is short.”
“We kept watching until February 21, 2021. That’s the day my older brother came into my room with a proposition: if we can’t fix everything in a year, we’ll kill ourselves and our family,” he wrote of the show.
They quickly reduced it to a month, with Farhan explaining, “We eventually realized we were just wasting our time.” A year was far too long to wait. Why not wait a month?” he said.
“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. And police believe that’s exactly what the brothers did at their family’s home in Allen, Texas.
Their father, Towhidul Islam, 54, Iren Islam, 56, Mother and Altafun Nessa, the 77 years old granny who was visiting from Bangladesh, is supposed to have been shot, police told to CBS DFW.
The brothers also killed Farhan’s 19 years old twin sister, Keen Farben, who would have had a full NYU scholarship before they turned their arms on themselves.
Around 1 a.m. Monday, the Allen Police Department received a call for a welfare check at a home on Pine Bluff Drive. When officers arrived at the house, they discovered both parents, three adult children, and their grandmother all dead from gunshot wounds.
I would say the only hard part of the plan was getting the guns, but that would be a lie. My fourth and final point: gun control in the US is a joke. All my brother had to do was go to the gunshop, say something about wanting a gun for home defense, sign some forms, and that was it. There was a question asking if he had any mental illnesses but—get this—he lied. He literally just said no. They didn’t ask for proof or if he was taking any medication (he was). Just a yes or no question. Literally, anyone can get a gun if they haven’t been officially diagnosed. Thanks for making the process so easy.
Farhan explained how his depression finally forced him to leave UT Austin, where he was an informatics student.
“No matter what I do, I just can’t be happy. Their gruesome plot was based on “pure logic,” he insisted. “I love my family. I genuinely do. And that’s exactly why I decided to kill them,” he wrote.
“If I killed just myself, they would be miserable. They would spend the rest of their lives feeling guilt, despair, and a multitude of other adjectives that mean sad. Even after they got over it, it would’ve become a permanent facet of their lives (i.e. someone I love killed themselves and I couldn’t do anything about it). 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.“
According to CBS, Allen police had no prior interaction with the family that would indicate such a tragedy was on the horizon. Family friend Shawn Ahsan told the outlet that everyone who knew the family is “heartbroken.”
“They both went into an agreement that they were going to complete suicide and from that it went to where the entire family was taken with them.” explained Allen Police Sgt. Jon Felty.
“When I heard the news I couldn’t breathe for 20 to 30 minutes. How could it happen in a community like us? We’re so close and we visit each other and talk to each other, we have dinner and stuff,” Ahsan said.
“But inside the house… his children were unhappy for some reason and one thing led to another.”