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Bizarre suicide note from Bangladeshi brothers in US who slaughtered their family

The Instagram suicide note began by saying, 'Hey everyone, I killed myself and my family.'

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Two Bangladeshi brothers who killed their family before killing themselves said in their suicide note that Texas gun control was a 'joke'. Photo: Pexels
Two Bangladeshi brothers who killed their family before killing themselves said in their suicide note that Texas gun control was a 'joke'. Photo: Pexels

The two brothers accused of slaughtering four family members before killing themselves said they easily got weapons because Texas gun control is “a joke” the New York Post reports.

They also said they were sent off the rails partly from watching TV’s “The Office.”

In a rambling 12-page Instagram suicide note, Farhan Towhid, 19, said that he and his 21-year-old brother, Tanvir, easily bought guns.

“All my brother had to do was go to the gunshop, say something about wanting a gun for home defence, sign some forms, and that was it. There was a question asking if he had any mental illnesses, but he lied and said no.”

Police believe the Bangladeshi brothers on Saturday shot dead their father, Towhidul Islam, 54, mother, Iren Islam, 56, and 77-year-old grandmother Altafun Nessa, who was visiting from Bangladesh.

They also killed Farhan’s 19-year-old twin sister, Farbin before turning the guns on themselves at the family’s home in Allen, a northern suburb of Dallas, Texas.

All six victims were discovered by police dead with gunshot wounds during a wellness check after midnight.

Farhan’s suicide note, opened by saying, “Hey everyone, I killed myself and my family.”

He continued, “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.”

The bloodbath was the result of both brothers battling depression, he wrote.

Farhan detailed how his depression eventually forced him to drop out of University of Texas at Austin, where he had been a computer science student. After that, he spent his days watching TV with his older brother and becoming obsessed with the show “The Office”.

“We kept watching until Feb 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.

They soon brought that forward to just a month, with Farhan saying, “We eventually realised we were just biding our time. I love my family. And that’s exactly why I decided to kill them,” he said. “If I killed myself, they would be miserable. They would spend the rest of their lives feeling guilt and despair.

“Instead of having to deal with the aftermath of my suicide, I could just do them a favour and take them with me. None of us would ever have to feel sad ever again,” he wrote. “However, if I’m going to die, I might as well get some attention.”

The New York Post spoke to ex-neighbour Yuen Sang on Tuesday after she learned what had happened to the Bangladeshi family who lived at her New York apartment building 15 years ago.

She told the Post that the parents and sister were “such nice people”.

As for the brothers, she said, “One of the boy has problems, he go to the special school. Talk slow. He needed special teachers.”

Allen, Texas police told CBS that they had no prior interaction with the family that would give any indication such a tragedy could be about to happen.