San Jose police tracked down and arrested Hasib Golamrabbi for allegedly murdering his parents in cold blood.
His 17-year-old brother, Omar Golamrabbi, was also arrested as the investigation into Golam and Shamima Rabbi’s deaths continues.
The Muslim couple, originally from Bangladesh, was found dead in their home on Sunday after concerned friends entered through an open sliding glass door. Each had been shot once and a chilling message was left behind nearby their bodies, “Sorry, my first kill was clumsy.”
Another note found after the murders read, “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 shot.
Police questioned the younger brother, who was not initially a suspect, but were unsuccessful in locating Hasib, who is reportedly gay and was not being supported by his parents.
Their cousin Nafees Hasa, said he was unaware Hasib was gay, but if it were true, the “family wouldn’t have accepted that.”
On Wednesday, the brothers were arrested — Hasib was in Tracy, Calif., while Omar was picked up in San Jose — and are both currently being held without bond in Santa Clara County.
Hasib’s friend Matthew Kuch said he allowed the suspect to hide in his closet at his family’s home but eventually turned him in to police out of fear for their safety.
“He told me that he couldn’t shoot his father in the head, because that’s a dishonor, because he wanted his father to be buried with his face,” Kuch said.
While Hasib was hiding in Kuch’s home he also devised plans to “prove his innocence” and create a motive.
“He told me that somebody has come in and tortured him for several months, and it would not stop unless he killed his parents,” Kuch said.
Hasib has since spoken out from behind bars saying that his younger brother is innocent and to “wait for the trial … I want everyone to know what happened.”
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