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Iranian punk musicians killed in New York slaying

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Nov 11, 2013 | 1:10pm EST

Three members of Iranian punk band Yellow Dogs have been shot dead in a suspected murder-suicide in Brooklyn, New York. Police were called to a townhouse in the neighbourhood of Bushwick in the early hours of Monday (11Nov13) after locals reported hearing multiple shots fired. Cops discovered the bodies of the three victims, guitarist Soroush Farazmand, vocalist Ali Eskandarian and drummer Arash Farazmand at the home the trio shared, while an associate, named Sasan Sadeghpourosko, was admitted to hospital with an arm injury. Guitarist Siavash Karampour and bassist Koory Mirz were not hurt in the shoot out. The remains of the suspected shooter, who has been identified by the New York Post as Raefe Ahkbar, were found on the roof of the building with what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. A rifle was discovered next to his body, according to reports. Ahkbar was initially said to have been an ex-member of Yellow Dogs seeking revenge, but according to the BBC, he was actually a musician with another group. Authorities have yet to establish a motive for the crimes. Yellow Dogs, made up of Iranian expatriates living in the U.S., rose to fame after appearing in 2009 movie No One Knows About Persian Cats, which won a prize at the Cannes International Film Festival. Their song New Century featured on the film's soundtrack.

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