University of Maryland junior Farhad Siddique, 19, was killed Sept 28. Police believe his father, Nasir Siddique, shot him before then killing himself. Prince George’s County Police and the Harford County Sheriff’s Office are investigating the incident outside of Parkside apartments as a domestic murder-suicide. Investigators believe that Nasir Siddique killed his wife, 48-year-old Zarqa Siddique of Bel Air, before traveling to College Park. Below is The Diamondback’s ongoing coverage.
Farhad Siddique, 19, was a junior at The University of Maryland.
This live-blog includes more information from those who knew University of Maryland junior Farhad Siddique, as well as city leaders and police officers. The Diamondback will continue updating this.
Nasir Siddique, a retired U.S. Army officer, is suspected of shooting his wife and son and then himself.
The University of Maryland Police alerted the campus community of a similar crime in February 2013.
The University of Maryland and College Park communities responded with shock and disbelief following Farhad Siddique’s death.
“My heart goes out to the family and friends of those who died,” said university President Wallace Loh. “I was shocked when I read about it in the middle of the night. It’s very painful and I just feel really, really terrible about it.”
Farhad Siddique was a University of Maryland junior neurobiology and physiology major from Bel Air. He was an active member of the Muslim Student Association, the Student Health Advisory Committee and loved playing tennis.
About 100 community members gathered on McKeldin Mall to pay their respects Wednesday night.
“He cared for us more than he cared for himself,” said junior cell biology major Ahmed Hamayun, another one of Siddique’s roommates. “To lose someone like that is really hard.”
The county’s police department is primarily involved in the Sept. 28 murder-suicide investigation. But in the 2013 shooting, which also occurred off of the campus, University Police and the county police both worked on the case.