Two members of punk rock band Yellow Dogs and one member of Free Keys were shot and killed earlier today in a tragic, horrific murder-suicide that left a total of four dead, including the shooter, and one injured. Twenty nine year old Ali Akbar Mohammadi Rafie took the lives of brothers Arash, 28, and Soroush Farazmand, 27, and 35-year old Ali Eskandarian while shooting and wounding an as-of-yet unidentified street artist. Rafie then went to the rooftop of the building where the shootings took place and took his own life.
The Farazmand brothers fled Iran in 2010 and were recently granted political asylum. They had fled the repressive Iranian culture and government to purse a career in music. Yellow Dogs frontman Siavash Karampour in 2009 told CNN, “The law has a problem with rock music so we can’t play it.”
The NY Daily News has an extensive article on the various facts, details, and theories surrounding this terrible situation.
We send our thoughts and condolences to the friends and family of those whose lives were taken away so needlessly. Below is a song from Yellow Dogs and an acoustic track from Ali Eskandarian.