Hasib Rabbi, 22, and his 17-year-old brother, Omar, were arrested on April 27 in connection with the chilling murder of their parents in San Jose.
Their parents, Golam Rabbi, 59, and his wife Shamima, 57, were found murdered in their Evergreen home at around 2 p.m. on April 24.
Friends visited their Evergreen cul-de-sac home after not hearing from them for a number of days. They found the sliding glass door unlocked and the couple were dead on the floor in a pool of blood.
“Golam and Shamima Rabbi were murdered inside their home by their two sons on Saturday, April 23. Golam was shot more than a dozen times. Shamima was shot once in the head,” Deputy District Attorney Matt Broker told reporters on April 27.
On the day they were arrested, both brothers pleaded not guilty—but told conflicting accounts of what happened inside the Evergreen home on April 23, according to several media reports.
The Mercury News reported Hasib admitted to shooting and killing his father in their garage, but said an unknown intruder had forced him to do it. He did not admit to shooting his mother, or witnessing her killing.
His younger brother said he was present when Hasib killed their father and that there was no intruder. He then said he witnessed his brother shoot his mother and checked at his request to make sure there was no blood visible from outside the garage, according to the report.
The chilling messages written on the home’s walls, which were found when the bodies were discovered, match the handwriting of both Hasib and Omar, after matching writing styles to Omar’s notebooks, according to ABC7.
One message said: “Sorry, my first kill was clumsy.”
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After the murders, the pair allegedly went straight to an anime convention in Oakland—Kraken Con—where The Mercury News, citing police, said they were spotted acting normally.
On Monday, April 25, Omar attended classes at his high school, Evergreen Valley, and was described via AP as “quiet and to himself.” Hasib was staying with a friend, who knew Hasib had killed his parents, but let him stay for fear that if he didn’t, Hasib would kill his parents too, according to CBS.
According to an NBC Bay Area report, sources said Golam and Shamima did not approve of Hasib’s sexual orientation.
After his arrest, Hasib said: “I want everyone to know what happened, but I can’t say anything without a lawyer,” according to The Chronicle.
And when asked of his brother’s involvement, he was apparently empathetic, saying: “No, and that’s all I can say. He’s innocent.”
No motive has been released. Both brothers are being held without bail.