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Family of 6 dead in Texas in pact carried out by 2 brothers

Police say two brothers in Allen, TX killed their family before turning the gun on themselves.

CBS DFW reports 19-year old Farhan Towhid left a suicide note on social media detailing how he’s been battling depression since 9th grade. He wrote about an agreement he made with his brother, Tanvir Towhid, 21.

“If we can’t fix everything in a year, we’ll kill ourselves and our family,” he wrote.

Police conducted a welfare check on the family after receiving a call from a concerned friend.

“The friend had seen the post that his friend made on Instagram, and that’s what made him call and say that he was concerned for his wellbeing,” Allen Police Sgt. Jon Felty said.

The dead have been identified as Farbin Towhid, 19 (sister); Iren Islam, 56 (mother); Towhidul Islam, 54 (father); Altafun Nessa,77 (grandmother); Farhan Towhid, 19 (suspect) and Tanvir Towhid, 21 (suspect).

The grandmother had been visiting from Bangladesh and had been scheduled to return.

“We have never had an incident like this in the 21 years that I have been here,” Felty said. “… It’s just a tragedy. There’s no other way to describe it. It’s a tragedy that you just can’t imagine,” NBC quoted him as saying.

The incident left friends heartbroken.

“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, but inside the house… his children were unhappy for some reason and one thing led to another,” said family friend Shawn Ahsan to CBS DFW.

For resources dealing with mental health issues in the Asian American community, you can visit Mental Health America. Anyone considering suicide is urged to call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 24 hours a day/7 days a week.

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