Towid’s family and friends are mourning the loss of six family members.
ALEN, Texas – Towid’s family and friends are mourning the loss of six family members.
Around 1 a.m. Monday, Allen’s police were called to a home in 1,500 blocks of Pine Bluff Drive. A friend of the family called the police, worried that someone in the house was committing suicide.
Police arrived to check the welfare and found six people dead. Officials said two brothers signed a suicide pact to kill their family and then take their own lives.
Friends shared memories of Towhids.
Irene Islam, known to her friends as Nila, was the mother. She was 56 years old.
“We will miss her. We will miss her smile,”
She said Nile met with her on Tuesday for prayer. Neil and her husband were part of Allen’s Islamic Association.
Her husband’s name was Towhidul Islam. His friends knew him as Sam. He was 54 years old and was very active in the Bangladesh Association in North Texas.
“They were so caring, so kind, so friendly. There didn’t seem to be a single bad thing I could ever say about any of them,” said Faiza Rahman, another family friend.
Altafun Nessa was another victim. She was a 77-year-old grandmother. Friends say Altafun was originally scheduled to return home to Bangladesh on Friday, but it was canceled due to the COVID-19 jump there.
Farbin Towid was the 19-year-old sister. Friends described her as sweet with a good bone in her body. She went to New York University to pursue her passion for design and animation.
Farhan Towhid was Farbin’s twin and he was one of the brothers who pulled the trigger. He was a computer programmer and had recently struggled with his training. Farhan left a long suicide note, talking about facing depression.
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Angelina Biswas, a friend of Farhan, said: “We have always done everything possible as his friends to be with him, but you can only do so much.”
She said she never expected him to do such a thing. She described Farhan as a very rational person who makes life decisions based on pros and cons. She also said he looked at his older brother.
Tanvir Towid, 21, was the older brother of part of the suicide plan, according to a note left by Farhan. Friends said he was also depressed. But they said he was smart and brilliant in his own way.
“The memory of this family must be served by us,” said Imam Abdul Rahman Bashir of the Allen Islamic Association. “Realize how important it is to be there for our family members, for our children, because everyone you know is there and crying for help. Not every call can be heard.”
A candlelight vigil is organized by family, family friends, and the Allen Islamic Association.
The family said the WFAA funeral would be held at Allen’s Islamic Association on Thursday, April 8. The prayer will begin at 2 p.m.