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Musician kills three fellow artists and himself ‘after being kicked out of band’

By -The Metro | November 12th 2013
Yellow Dogs band members, from left, Koroush ‘Koory’ Mirzaei, Siavash Karampour, Arash Farazmand and Soroush Farazmand

A man has shot and killed three musicians before committing suicide because he was distraught at being told to leave a band, police have said.

Iranian Ali Akbar Mahammadi Rafie murdered three fellow countrymen in Brooklyn, New York, on Monday apparently after becoming depressed at no longer being part of the Free Keys.

Two of the victims Arash Farazmand, 28, and Soroush Farazmand, 27, were brothers and played in a different band, Yellow Dogs.

Drummer Arash and another artist Ali Eskandarian, 35, were killed on the same floor of an apartment, while guitarist Soroush was shot while in bed on a different floor.

Yellow Dogs’ manager Ali Salehezadeh said Rafie, 29, had not communicated with the victims for a few months because of a minor dispute.

He said: ‘There was a decision not to be around each other.

‘They were never that close to begin with. We thought it was all behind us.’

The killer, who had accessed the flat after lowering himself from a roof, was only stopped when a member of the band he had been kicked out of tried to wrestle his rifle away.

The scuffle resulted in a neighbour being shot in the arm.

Rafie then made his way back to the roof where he took his own life with a gunshot to the head.

The injured neighbour is said to be in a stable condition in hospital.

Adapted from The Metro


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