Musical tragedy in NYC as Iranian "Yellow Dog" musicians slain in murder-suicide
Four Iranian expatriates living in New York were shot dead in Brooklyn in what police authorities are labelling as a murder-suicide.
Two members of the group Yellow Dogs and a third artist were slain by a fellow musician, Ali Akbar Mahammadi Rafie, who later took his own life, BBC news reported.
The manager of the Yellow Dogs says the shooter was a member of a different group. Police say he opened fire and killed three people, then went to the roof of the East Williamsburg row house, where he killed himself, according to an Associated Press report.
Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly told AP that there had been a dispute over money.
Two of those killed -- the Yellow Dog band members -- had just received political asylum in the US, BBC reported. Their names were Arash Farazmand and Soroush Farazmand, according to the band's Facebook page.
They were brothers and members of the Yellow Dogs, who described themselves on their Twitter feed as "a Post Punk/Dance Punk band from Tehran/Iran, living in Brooklyn at the moment".