Williamsburg Indie Band Members Killed
Monday, November 11, 2013
A musician shot and killed three members of the Yellow Dogs, a rock band whose members moved to Brooklyn from Iran after receiving political asylum.
Two of the dead are brothers, a third was a member of the band and a fourth victim, an artist, was injured and survived, according to police reports. Two members of the band were not home at the time of the attack, shortly after midnight Monday.
The band left Iran after a film was made about the underground music scene there. Playing rock music is illegal there.
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 Ali Salehezadeh, the group's manager. He was found on the building's rooftop, at 318 Maujer St., in East Williamsburg, next to an automatic rifle with a gunshot to his head.
The identities of the victims and the shooter have not been released. Detectives suspect there was a dispute over money, but they were still investigating the motive and the relationships.