Son: I shot my father, but not my mom

2016-04-30 07:57


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San Jose - The older of two sons charged with murdering their parents at their home in California said he shot his father multiple times, but he did not shoot his mother, according to police.

Hasib Golamrabbi, 22, also said a stranger who assaulted him told him to shoot his father, San Jose police Sergeant Patrick Guire said in court documents accompanying a criminal complaint filed on Friday.

Guire said Golamrabbi's younger brother, Omar, told investigators that Hasib Golamrabbi killed both parents, and then asked him to check the garage where his father was killed to make sure no blood was seeping out before the two drove off to an anime convention in Oakland. The younger brother did not mention a stranger, according to Guire.

The police statement did not include a motive.

The brothers were arraigned on two counts of murder each in the slayings of their parents, father Golam Rabbi and mother Shamima Rabbi. The parents had emigrated from Bangladesh decades ago.

Community shock

Omar Golamrabbi is 17, but he was charged as an adult.

They both pleaded not guilty, said Santa Clara County district attorney's office spokesperson Sean Webby.
The parents were shot to death on Saturday at their San Jose home.

Relatives spoke to the brothers on Sunday, requesting they come home because their parents were not responding to phone calls or knocks on the door, Guire said.

But then the brothers stopped answering their phones. Relatives went to the home and discovered the bodies, Guire said.
Hasib Golamrabbi told the San Francisco Chronicle in a jailhouse interview that he is eager to tell the real story but offered no other details. He emphasised that his brother is innocent.

"I want everyone to know what happened, but I can't say anything without a lawyer," he said.

It was not immediately known who their attorneys were.

Omar Golamrabbi told police he closed the curtains after his brother killed their father, and his brother then killed their mother, Guire said.

Guire said police found writing on the walls of the home, one set of which was consistent with Omar Golamrabbi's writing that investigators found in a notebook.

The double slaying and the arrest of the sons have horrified the tight-knit Muslim community.

A prayer service was planned for the parents.

The victims were popular fixtures at their mosque for three decades and had helped relatives emigrate from their native Bangladesh. Golam Rabbi was an engineer. His wife was an accountant.

"This is one of those tragedies nobody ever wants to be in," said mosque spokesperson Faisal Yazadi. "All we can do is pray."

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