The Allen and Islamic community in Allen, Texas, gathered to remember the Sherwani family and discuss mental health following a quadruple murder-suicide. The tragic incident occurred on Monday when police responded to a welfare check at a residence on Aberdeen Drive. Upon gaining access to the house, officers discovered the bodies of Farman Sherwani, Layla Sherwani, their 12-year-old son Shaheen Sherwani, and their 2-year-old son Mateen Sherwani. The police did not disclose the perpetrator’s identity but confirmed that a handgun was used in the killings.
The drowning of the family’s 4-year-old, Lyian Sherwani, earlier this month was cited as a factor influencing the tragic event. After a funeral for the victims, the Islamic Association of Allen organized a gathering at the same location to pray and discuss mental health. Abida Minhas, Saihba Ali, and Heena Khan, founders of the Muslim Association of Psychological Services (MAPS), addressed the attendees, emphasizing the importance of seeking assistance, guidance, or comfort when facing thoughts of self-harm or harm to others. MAPS aims to provide quality mental health access to Muslims, particularly those who may be new to America or face language barriers.