Allen, Texas’s Tanvir Towhid, Farhan Towhid’s victims: Altafun Nessa, Iren Islam, Towhidul Islam, Farbin Towhid

Farhan Towhid, Tanvir Towhid, Towhidul Islam, Iren Islam, Farbin Towhid

Farhan Towhid, Tanvir Towhid, Towhidul Islam, Iren Islam, Farbin Towhid

Six members of a Bangladeshi family were found dead in a house on Pine Bluff Drive in Allen, Collin County, Texas, United States at around 1:00 a.m. on April 5, 2021. They were Altafun Nessa, 77, Iren Islam, 56, Towhidul Islam, 54, Tanvir Towhid, 21, Farhan Towhid, 19, and Farbin Towhid, 19.

Farhan and Farbin are twins and Tanvir is their older brother. Nessa, Iren and Towhidul are their grandmother, mother and father, respectively.

“I’ve been here 21 years in Allen,” NBC Dallas-Fort Worth quoted Allen Police Department sergeant Jon Felty as saying. “We have never had an incident like this in the 21 years that I’ve been here so, as you can imagine, it’s just a tragedy. There’s no other way to describe it.”

“It’s a tragedy that you just can’t imagine,” Felty continued. “Our heartfelt condolences go out to the family members and friends and we’re just very sorry that this event occurred.”

Based on the evidence found in the house, the killings likely happened on the evening of April 3, 2021. None of the neighbors reported hearing any gunfire, according to Felty.


Farhan attended the University of Texas at Austin in Austin, Travis County, Texas where he studied computer science. In January 2021, he withdrew from the university.

On the afternoon of March 29, 2021, the Allen Police Department confirmed that Tanvir was able to legally purchase a gun recently. It was not revealed when and where exactly he bought the gun.

Based on the suicide note written by Farhan, he and Tanvir entered into a suicidal pact in February 2021 to end their own lives and the lives of their sister, grandmother and parents. The brothers explained in the letter that they were both clinically depressed and did not want their family to suffer from their deaths so they shot their family members first before killing themselves.

Farhan wrote the 12-page letter in a Google Docs and posted the link on his Instagram account, which has been deactivated. He revealed that he and Tanvir made a proposition to him that if they could not find happiness and fix everything within a year, they would kill themselves and their family.

If you or someone you know is suicidal, call 911 or (800) 273-8255. These are for readers in the United States. For emergency numbers in other countries, go to Open Counseling.

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