Surviving Iran band members 'paralyzed with grief'
This 2012 photo shows Yellow Dogs band members, from left, Koroush "Koory" Mirzaei, Siavash Karampour, Arash Farazmand and Soroush Farazmand at The Gutter in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Police say a musician who shot and killed three other Iranian men inside a New York City apartment before committing suicide was upset because he had been kicked out of an indie rock band. Ali Akbar Mohammadi Rafie gunned down the men just after midnight on Monday, Nov. 11, 2013. Victims Soroush and Arash Farazmand were brothers who played in a band called the Yellow Dogs. The third victim, Ali Eskandarian was also a musician. After the shooting, investigators found a guitar case on a rooftop they believe the shooter may have used to carry the assault rifle used in the attack. (AP Photo/Danny Krug) NO SALES
NEW YORK (AP) — The surviving members of an Iranian indie rock band said Wednesday they are "paralyzed with grief" over the shocking shooting deaths of their drummer and guitarist and another friend at their Brooklyn apartment.
Siavash Karampour and Koory Mirzeai of the Yellow Dogs weren't home when a gunman opened fire at their Brooklyn row house on Monday. But fellow band members and brothers Arash and Soroush Farazmand were shot to death, along with their roommate Ali Eskandarian, by an ex-member of another Iranian band, the Free Keys, police said. The gunman then shot himself on the roof.
The band members said they met in Iran in 2006, and worked together to build an underground venue where they would play shows. They were striving to make a community in the U.S. after moving to New York to have more freedom to play. Their apartment was a hangout for artists, friends and musicians.
A police vehicle parks outside the location of a Monday shooting rampage, Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013 in Brooklyn, New York. Police said gunman Ali Akbar Mahammadi Rafie, 29, a musician, killed himself on the roof after shooting to death two members of the Iranian indie rock band Yellow Dogs, a third musician and wounding a fourth person early Monday morning. The shooter was a member of another band from Iran, the Free Keys, who knew the victims but hadn't spoken to them in months because of a "petty conflict," according to Yellow Dogs manger Ali Salehezadeh. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
"For now, it's impossible to even manage a future without our friends, and no explanation can make sense or begin to justify what has happened in our lives," Karampour and Mirzeai said in a statement. "To say we are heartbroken does not come close.
"These are they darkest hours of our lives. We are in shock, awe, blinded with rage and paralyzed with grief," they said.
Gunman Ali Akbar Mohammadi Rafie, 29, was carrying about 100 rounds of ammunition in five magazines when he set out on the bloody rampage through the apartment, police said.
Afterward, investigators recovered 81 unfired rounds, some of them in magazines stashed in a guitar case found on an adjoining rooftop.