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11th November 2013

News has broken of the gunning down of two members of Iranian Rock band The Yellow Dogs plus another victim by a former friend, who killed himself after the murders. The shooting took place in Brooklyn, New York, where the band were based.

This genuinely horrific turn of events puts most band feuds into sharp perspective. It is not currently clear what led to this massacre apart from it had begun with a "petty conflict" and details are still being determined.

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From news reports released to date, it seems that brothers Sourosh Farazmand, guitarist, and drummer Arash Farazmand, and their friend author/musician Ali Eskandarian were killed as Raefe Ahkbar, a member of The Free Keys, weaved through the property shooting on sight, before going to the roof and shooting himself in the head. Another musician Sasan Sadeghpourosko was shot in the arm and is currently in hospital.

The vocalist and bass player of Yellow Dogs were not present in the property at the time of the shootings.

Ali Salehezadeh, the manager of The Yellow Dogs made the following statement:

"The shooter was in another band from Iran and the two groups were acquaintances in the past. A personal conflict between the guys resulted in the dissolution of their relationship in 2012."

He also confirmed the stunned shock of the band's friends and family: "People don't own guns in Iran," he said. "We don't have this problem there. It doesn't exist."

New York Police Department have yet to release full details while investigations continue, but have said that the conflict appeared to be about money.

Yellow Dogs left Iran for the US in 2010 after appearing in a film about the country's illegal underground music scene. The film, 'No One Knows About Persian Cats', won a prize at the Cannes Film Festival. In a horrible irony they were forced to seek political asylum in the US which was granted shortly before this incident


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