(Photo: Courtesy of the Rabbi Family)
A San Jose couple was found dead in their home Sunday. And their killer left a message.
Golam Rabbi, 59, and Shamima Rabbi, 57, had lived in the United States for decades after emigrating from Bangladesh. They were active members of the Evergreen Islamic Center.
Their bodies were found by friends who were unable to reach the couple and went to check on them at the Lucas Court home they shared with their two sons.
As the investigation continues, it remains unclear whether the couple was killed due to their religion or nationality.
However, conflicting reports state their teenage son was either taken in for questioning or contacted by the San Jose police while the other son’s whereabouts were not known. Although homicide detectives have been unsuccessful in locating the eldest son for questioning, they said he is not considered a suspect at this time. Neither of the sons’ names have been released publicly.
Golam was an engineer and his wife was an accountant known in their community as being a humble, polite and peaceful people.
“So that’s why it’s so difficult to reconcile to the tragic, violent end to such simple, gentle souls,” said Evergreen Islamic Center member Hasan Rahim, who knew the couple for more than 30 years.
San Jose police said the homicides were not a random act of violence and that the suspect or suspects were familiar with the Rabbi family.
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