Yellow Dogs Tragedy: Gunman Murders Three Including Two Members of the Band

Yellow Dogs Tragedy: Gunman Murders Three Including Two Members of the has reported that Two members of the Indie Rock Band "Yellow Dogs" and a friend to the band were murdered in their Brooklyn home before the gunman, a former Free Keys band member turned the gun on himself. Brothers Soroush and Arash Farazmand were among the victims of this horrible crime as well as Iranian musician Ali Eskandarian.

Soroush Farazmand, 27, who co-founded the Yellow Dogs was one of the Iranian bands featured in 2009 film No One Knows About Persian Cats, which won an award at that year's Cannes Film Festival as well as a 2009 CNN report about Iran's burgeoning underground rock scene. Police found the guitarist dead from a shot to the chest in a second-floor bedroom of the East Williamsburg building where band members lived and practiced.

Soroush's brother Arash, 28, was a drummer with the band the Free Keys who later joined the Yellow Dogs. Arash was found dead at the same location.

The shooter, who took his own life on the rooftop of the building, was identified as Ali Akbar Mohammadi Rafie, 29, who had been a member of the Free Keys before being kicked out the previous year. Ali Salehezadeh, who handles publicity for the Yellow Dogs, told CNN that a "petty conflict" resulted in a break of communication between the gunman and the band.

New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly told reporters that the gunman used a .308-caliber assault rifle, apparently to settle a "dispute ... over money" between the bands. The gunman shot and killed one of the victims through a window before entering the building in the East Williamsburg neighborhood and shooting the others on the second and third floors, Kelly said. Rafie shot himself on the roof after scuffling with at least one of two other people who hid in a bathroom.


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