The Sherwani family which includes father Farman Sherwani, mother Layla Sherwani, Shaheen Sherwani and Mateen Sherwani have been found dead in a Texas home in what investigators say is an apparent murder-suicide, after they lost a toddler just a few weeks ago.
Police found the bodies of the four family members inside their home on Aberdeen Drive in Allen on Monday morning.
The Allen Police Department says it was a shooting they describe as a murder-suicide.
A resident had called officers after they’d been locked out of the home for about two hours and couldn’t get anyone to come to the door.
After police eventually made their way inside the property, they found the bodies of father Farman Sherwani, mother Layla Sherwani, 12-year-old son Shaheen Sherwani and 2-year-old son Mateen Sherwani.
Police also confirmed the family lost their 4-year-old daughter Lyian Sherwani to a drowning earlier this month.
While the specifics of that incident are not clear, police say the drowning was a factor in Monday’s murder-suicide.
The Islamic Association of Allen confirmed that the family members were part of the local Muslim community.
Imam Abdul Rahman Bashir, the religious director for the Islamic Association of Allen, told NBC: ‘Waking up to the news of losing a four member family all of a sudden is not something that anyone can be prepared for, family members or let alone anyone in the community, so it’s been a very heavy day for everyone in the community’
Bashir says the family was already going through a rough situation with the drowning of their daughter.
He continued: ‘In this type of situation, it’s not easy for any family. In spite of having many family members here, they were really broken.’
Neighbor Jacqueline Soto told NBC: ‘It was just really sad and hard and all of us felt for the family as we were watching them mourn in the front yard.’
In a letter issued by Susanne Miller, the Principal of nearby Olson Elementary, she said: ‘Today I was notified of the unexpected death of a 5th grade Olson Elementary Student.