Hasib Bin Golamrabbi, 22, arrested on Thursday and accused of murdering his parents, admits killing his father buy says he did not shoot his mother
The older of two brothers arrested on suspicion of murdering his parents in California had admitted shooting his father, detectives say.
Hasib Bin Golamrabbi, 22, and his 17-year-old brother Omar were arrested on Thursday and accused of the murders of Shamima and Golam Rabbi, aged 57 and 59, who were found dead on Sunday.
Police say Hasib is claiming he was assaulted at home by a stranger who ordered him to shoot his father, which he did, but says he did not shoot his mother.
However, younger brother Omar says his elder sibling shot both parents before asking him to check on his father’s body, lying in a garage, to make sure blood was not seeping from under the door.
When he was satisfied the crime scene would not be uncovered, the pair drove to a nearby anime convention, police say. Omar made no mention of a stranger.
The brothers were arraigned on two counts of murder each in the slayings of their parents, who emigrated from Bangladesh decades ago.
Omar Golamrabbi is 17, but he was charged as an adult. Despite the elder boy’s apparent confession, both pleaded not guilty, Santa Clara County district attorney’s office spokesman Sean Webby said.
The parent’s bodies, each shot once, were left on the floor of their home in San Jose, next to a chilling note that read: ‘Sorry, my first kill was clumsy.’
Golam and Shamima Rabbi, 59 and 57, were found dead from a single gunshot wound inside thier California home on Sunday. The other son, 17-year-old Omar, is also accused over their deaths
They were discovered by concerned friends, who opened an unlocked sliding glass door at around 2pm on Sunday and found them lifeless.
Aside from the ominous message on the floor, another rambling message was written across the wall.
It said in part: ‘I can’t be like you, telling a lie. I can’t love someone without telling them’, and claimed that Mrs Rabbi begged for her life before she was killed.
The husband and wife often hosted relatives at their home since moving from Bangladesh to the United States.
Mr Rabbi, who was an engineer, liked to hunt and had several guns in the house, friends claim.
Evergreen Islamic Center in San Jose said the bodies of the parents were released Wednesday afternoon to relatives and the funeral is being planned for Friday at the Five Pillars Farm Cemetery in Livermore, KNTV reports.
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Mosque spokesman Faisal Yazadi did not know about the arrest of the younger son until notified by a reporter.
‘Needless to say,’ he said. ‘This is one of those tragedies nobody ever wants to be in. All we can do is pray. This is a family matter and a police investigation.’
It was not immediately clear Thursday morning if the two sons have attorneys.
Hasan Rahim, from the Evergreen Islamic Center, said the Rabbis often attended services at the mosque.
But he said he had warned the couple of the dangers of keeping guns at home.
‘I just said be careful. If you have weapons in the house be careful,’ Mr Rahim said.
‘I’ve known him for 30 plus years, so it’s a loss,’ he added.
Crime scene: Their bodies, each shot once, were left on the floor of their home in San Jose, next to a chilling note that read: ‘Sorry, my first kill was clumsy’. Pictured: Police outside the property on Sunday afternoon
It was unknown how long the couple, who were Muslim, had been dead. Pictured: An ambulance at the scene
Worried friends opened an unlocked sliding glass door and found the couple dead inside their San Jose home
‘People were in disbelief, in shock, they were stunned and the loss is so enormous that we are still finding it difficult to come to grips with the truth.
‘I still cannot reconcile the tragedy of this whole situation. It is just unbelievable. It is just too much too accept.’
Friends described the the husband and his accountant wife as gentle and kind.
‘We are surprised that they are no longer with us and especially going away in such a manner is something we just can’t come to grips with,’ Evergreen Islamic Center member Faisal Yazadi said.
‘He always asked me about my family, now I can’t answer him back. I can’t ask him about his family,’ he added.
Anyone with information is urged to contact Detective Sergeant Pat Guire or Detective Ken Tran of the San Jose Police Department on 408-277-5283.