Family and friends from the Towhid family mourn the loss of six family members.
ALLEN, Texas – Family and friends from the Towhid family mourn the loss of six family members.
Around 1 a.m. Monday, Allen police were called to a home in the 1500 block of Pine Bluff Drive. A friend of the family called police who were worried that someone in the house was suicidal.
Police arrived at a welfare checkpoint and found six people dead. Officials said two brothers made a suicide deal to kill their family and then take their own lives.
Friends shared memories of Towhids.
Iren Islam, known by her friends as Nila, was the mother. She was 56 years old.
“We will miss her. We will miss her smile,”
She said Nila used to meet her on Tuesdays for prayer. Nila and her husband were part of the Islamic Association of Allen.
Her husband’s name was Towhidul Islam. His friends knew him as Sam. He was 54 years old and very active in the Bangladesh Association of North Texas.
“They were so caring, so sweet, so kind. As if there was not 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 the 77-year-old grandmother. Friends say Altafun originally had a plane to return to his home in Bangladesh on Friday, but it was canceled due to the COVID-19 tip there.
Farbin Towhid was the 19-year-old sister. Friends described her as sweet with not a bad bone in her body. She went to New York University to pursue her passion for design and animation.
Farhan Towhid was the twin of Farbin and he was one of the brothers who pulled the trigger. He was a computer programmer and recently struggled with his studies. Farhan left a long suicide note talking about depression.
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Angelina Biswas, a friend of Farhan’s, said: “We have always done our best as his friends to be there for him, but there is only so much you can do.”
She said she never expected him to do anything like this. She described Farhan as a very rational person who made life decisions based on pros and cons. She also said he looked up to his older brother.
Tanvir Towhid, 21, the older brother was part of the suicide plan, according to the note from Farhan. Friends said he was depressed too. 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 with the Islamic Association of Allen. “Realize the importance of being there for our family members, for our children, for the one you know is out there calling for help. Not all calls can be heard.”
A candle guard is organized by family, family of friends as well as the Allen’s Islamic Association.
The family told the WFAA funeral service will be held at the Islamic Association of Allen on Thursday, April 8th. The prayer begins at