Indie Rocker Allegedly Kills Three Fellow Brooklyn Musicians, Turns Gun On Himself

The Slatest
Your News Companion by Ben Mathis-Lilley
Nov. 11 2013 12:58 PM

Indie Rocker Allegedly Kills Three Fellow Brooklyn Musicians, Turns Gun On Himself

Update at 3:26 p.m.: The police now say that only two of the victims were members of the Yellow Dogs. The alleged gunman and the third person he shot and killed were also musicians, but not part of the same band. The suspected gunman, Yello Dogs band manager Ali Salehezadeh told the Associated Press, was a member of another band from Iran, the Free Keys, who knew the victims but was no longer on speaking terms with them because of a "very petty conflict."

Josh Voorhees Josh Voorhees

Josh Voorhees is a Slate senior writer. He lives in Iowa City. 

*** **** ***

Advertisement

Original Post: An ex-member of an Iranian rock band that was living in the United States killed three of his former bandmates and wounded another in Brooklyn early this morning, according to police. Here's the Wall Street Journal with the details:

Carrying a .308 caliber rifle, Raefe Ahkbar–who police said is also known as Aliakbar–allegedly moved floor-by-floor through the three-story building in the East Williamsburg neighborhood, fatally striking three members of the Yellow Dogs and injuring a fifth person before shooting himself on the rooftop, the official said. The rifle was located next to the gunman’s body. ...
Police received a call of shots fired at building shortly after midnight and arrived to find a sprawling crime scene. Mr. Ahkbar first allegedly killed the 27-year-old guitarist Soroush Farazmand, who was found face-up in a second-floor bedroom with a gunshot wound to chest, the official said. He then allegedly moved to the third floor, where the band’s 35-year-old singer Ali Eskandarian and drummer Arash Farazmand were both found with gunshot wounds to the head, the official said. Mr. Farazmand’s age was not immediately clear.

Ahkbar also allegedly shot 22-year-old Sasan Sadeghpourosko twice in his right arm, the official said. Sadeghpourosko was transported to a local hospital where he was listed in stable condition. Police haven't yet identified a possible motive, but say that Ahkbar appears to have been kicked out of the band some time in the past year for allegedly selling some of the band's equipment without the rest of the group's knowledge.

If the band's name sounds familiar, it is probably because they were featured in No One Knows About Persian Cats, a 2009 documentary about Iran's underground indie rock scene that won a special jury prize at the Cannes Film Festival that year. Shortly after, the band relocated to the United States, where several members were reportedly granted asylum. Below is one of their official music video, and an interview the band did with CNN before they moved to the United States.

TODAY IN SLATE

Justice Ginsburg’s Crucial Dissent in the Texas Voter ID Case

The Jarring Experience of Watching White Americans Speak Frankly About Race

Here’s Just How Far a Southern Woman May Have to Drive to Get an Abortion

The Most Ingenious Teaching Device Ever Invented

Marvel’s Civil War Is a Far-Right Paranoid Fantasy

It’s also a mess. Can the movies do better?

Behold

Sprawl, Decadence, and Environmental Ruin in Nevada

Space: The Next Generation

An All-Female Mission to Mars

As a NASA guinea pig, I verified that women would be cheaper to launch than men.

Watching Netflix in Bed. Hanging Bananas. Is There Anything These Hooks Can’t Solve?

The 2014 Kansas City Royals Show the Value of Building a Mediocre Baseball Team

  News & Politics
The World
Oct. 20 2014 1:50 PM Why We Shouldn’t be Too Sure About the Supposed Deal to Return the Abducted Nigerian Schoolgirls
  Business
Moneybox
Oct. 20 2014 2:16 PM Even When They Go to College, the Poor Sometimes Stay Poor
  Life
Outward
Oct. 20 2014 2:19 PM A Procedural Rule Could Keep Gay Marriage From Ever Reaching SCOTUS Again
  Double X
The XX Factor
Oct. 20 2014 1:10 PM Women Are Still Losing Jobs for Getting Pregnant
  Slate Plus
Tv Club
Oct. 20 2014 7:15 AM The Slate Doctor Who Podcast: Episode 9 A spoiler-filled discussion of "Flatline."
  Arts
Brow Beat
Oct. 20 2014 2:39 PM Gwen Stefani Does Her Best Rihanna Impression on New Song
  Technology
Future Tense
Oct. 20 2014 1:51 PM Will Amazon Lead Us to the Golden Age of Books? A Future Tense Event.
  Health & Science
Medical Examiner
Oct. 20 2014 11:46 AM Is Anybody Watching My Do-Gooding? The difference between being a hero and being an altruist.
  Sports
Sports Nut
Oct. 20 2014 10:23 AM Where I Was Wrong About the Royals I underestimated the value of building a team that’s just barely better than mediocre.