Information is just out identifying the suicide shooter of 6 family members in Grapevine, Texas as Aziz ‘Bob’ Yazdanpanah. The Christmas morning murderer drove to his estranged wife’s apartment, and was wearing a Santa suit when he exited his Toyota 4-Runner, according to a neighbor. It is believed he was related by blood or marriage to the dead. Yazdanpanah had separated from his wife Fatemeh Rahmadi, or she left him, a few months ago. Mrs. Yazdanpanah was seeking a divorce. She lived with her 19-year-old daughter Nona (Nargis), and 15-year-old son, Ali, mother daughter and son are among the dead. Aziz Yazdanpanah is described as middle-aged and an Iranian-American real estate agent. He lived in Colleyville in the family’s former home, and was having financial problems. See and UPDATE 12-27-11 here.
UPDATE 12-29-11: Police have now said that it was Aziz ‘Bob’ Yazdanpanah who called 911 before killing himself. Fox reported this morning that there is no evidence at this time, that the killings were motivated by an honor killing, even though a friend has said the murderer was upset about his daughter’s infidel boyfriend. Hear audio of the 911 call where it is believed Yazdanpanah said “I’m killing people” or “I’m shooting people.” Another Fox report said the killer opened fire with both handguns at the same time, but killed his wife, Fatemeh, with a single shot to the head.
The family reportedly opened Christmas presents and were cleaning up the wrappings, when Yazdanpanah opened fire and then killed himself. Besides Yazdanpanah, his wife, daughter, and son, three others are dead, including Nazarene Yazdanpanah, according to this report. Early reports said a 911 service received a call from inside the home but no one appeared to be on the other end of the line.