Bangladeshi brothers 19-year-old Farhan Towhid and 21-year-old Tanvir Towhid allegedly killed their family after struggling with mental illness for years.
Farhan, specifically, suffered from depression since he was in the ninth grade and had an extensive history of self-harm.
The 2 men left behind an eerie 12-page note initially linked to Farhan’s Instagram page. The note detailed why they killed their mother, grandmother, and Farhan’s twin sister who reportedly had a full scholarship to NYU — before turning the guns on themselves
Farhan said that he and his 21-year-old brother, Tanvir, were united in manic depression and all-day TV watching sessions.
“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),” he wrote.Thanks for making the process so easy,” he said.
The murders were a result of both brothers battling depression, he wrote, saying that his father “worked his ass off to help” to no avail.
He said his dad worked hard to try and help him while he was in high school in Allen. His life felt like it was turning around at one point. He got a girlfriend, made new friends and started attending the University of Texas at Austin.
“I love my family. I genuinely do. And that’s exactly why I decided to kill them,” he wrote.
What are we doing to help our youth and adults during these times?
The National Suicide Prevention Hotline
Call: 800-273-8255 (800-273-TALK)
Chat online: suicidepreventionlifeline.org