Text Message May Have Presaged Killing of Six Near Ft. Worth


Conflicting pictures emerged of a man who fatally shot six people, including his estranged wife and two children, and then himself on Christmas morning in Grapevine, Tx.,, reports the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram. A friend of his children described Azizolah “Boba” Yazdanpanah as conservative and protective of his family, saying he didn’t want his teenage daughter to date and restricted her cellphone use. “Aziz had weapons for protection and cameras in the house,” said Allison Baum, 18, a classmate of the children. “He knew what bad people could do. He was very upset when the mother moved out.”

Baum said one daughter had said her parents had an arranged marriage and were no longer in love. One woman who was part of a happy hour group that included Yazdanpanah described him as a sweet man who didn’t talk about family problems. “One woman got a puzzling text message from Yazdanpanah on Dec. 4, a few months after his wife and two children moved out of their home. The message went like this: “What do u call a guy who’s born in Austin and grows up in Dallas and then dies in Grapevine? [ ] DEAD.” On Christmas morning a middle-aged man dressed in a Santa Claus suit shot and killed a man, a teenage boy, and four women and then himself inside an apartment. The attack was planned, investigators said. Police recovered two handguns, at least one of which Yazdanpanah had owned for years.

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