BROOKLYN - The surviving members of the rock band torn apart by Monday's murder-suicide in East Williamsburg say they've been paralyzed with grief for their slain friends.
Siavesh Karampour and Koor Mirzeai, of the Iranian indie band Yellow Dogs, say the tragedy is not the way they wanted the world to learn of their story. The bandmates and friends say they were all looking forward to their bright futures after obtaining political asylum in the United States.
Police say 29-year-old Ali Akbar Mahammadi Rafie shot and killed brothers and band members Arash Farazmand, 28, and Soroush Farazmand, 27, as well as local musician, Ali Eskandarian, 35. A fourth victim, Sasan Sadeghpouroskou, was shot in the arm, but is expected to be OK.
It happened inside their apartment building at 318 Maujer St. According to investigators, Rafie fatally shot himself on the roof of the building after the slayings.
The surviving bandmates say "Rafi" had worked with another band called "Free Keys," but they had parted ways more than a year ago because of creative and personal differences. Members of both bands lived in the apartment building where the shooting happened and neither had spoken to Rafie in months.
Friends are now planning to hold a memorial in honor of the victims. Donations are being accepted to help pay for funeral costs.