A Texas family of 4 has committed a murder-suicide weeks after their daughter drowned
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Two parents and two of their children were found dead Monday in an apparent murder-suicide in Allen, Texas, police said, weeks after their daughter drowned.
On Tuesday, police said father Farman Sherwani, mother Laila Sherwani, and sons Mateen Sherwani, 2, and Shaheen Sherwani, 12, were found dead when officials responded to a welfare call at the home.
The Allen Islamic Society, which initially identified the four family members, said the family’s 4-year-old daughter drowned three weeks ago in the swimming pool.
Police Sergeant Allen. Jonathan Manes confirmed via email that investigators believe the girl’s drowning “is believed to have been a factor.”
Police said in a statement that officers who responded to a welfare call Monday morning discovered the four bodies inside the home in Allen, a city about 30 miles north of Dallas.
Police said another resident remained locked for two hours and was unable to reach those inside.
“After other family members arrived at the house, the police gained access and found four dead,” the department said.
The department is investigating the deaths.
On Tuesday, the Allen Islamic Association held a prayer service for the family in a crowded place.
“We are deeply saddened by the news of the death of four family members,” the association said in a news release.
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