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Saturday 24 February 2018

Iranian pop stars killed in US murder-suicide

Jon Swaine

Two members of an Iranian rock band and one of their friends were shot dead by another musician in New York in a murder-suicide, their manager said.

Sourosh Farazmand and Arash Farazmand, brothers who were members of The Yellow Dogs, were killed shortly after midnight on Monday at a flat they were renting in East Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

The gunman also killed their friend Ali Eskandarian, and wounded a fourth person before going to the roof and shooting himself dead, according to Ali Salehezadeh, the manager of The Yellow Dogs.

The Yellow Dogs fled Iran for the US in 2010 after appearing in a film about the country’s illegal underground music scene

“The shooter was in another band from Iran and the two groups were acquaintances in the past,” Mr Salehezadeh told The Daily Telegraph. “A personal conflict between the guys resulted in the dissolution of their relationship in 2012.” The gunman was named as Raefe Ahkbar. The Associated Press reported that he was a member of another band from Iran called The Free Keys. Police beileve there may have been a dispute over money.

The Yellow Dogs, who describe their music as “dance-punk-psychadelic”, fled Iran for the US in 2010 after appearing in a film about the country’s illegal underground music scene. The film, No One Knows About Persian Cats, won a prize at the Cannes Film Festival.

The two members killed were Sourosh Farazmand, 27, who played guitar, while his brother Arash was the drummer. They had just been granted political asylum. The bass player and singer were not at home at the time of the shooting.

Mr Eskandarian, is said to have been a 35-year-old author and musician. The fourth man, a 22-year-old artist named locally as Sasan Sadeghpourosko, was being treated in hospital after being shot in an arm.

“This is a dispute, as best we know now, over money,” said Ray Kelly, the New York City police commissioner. Mr Kelly said that the gunman appeared to have used an assault-style rifle that had been bought in New York in 2006

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