COLLEGE PARK, Md. (WJZ) — What went wrong? It’s one of many questions lingering in Harford County, where a family has been torn apart by an apparent murder-suicide.
“For somebody to take that step to kill their own child, we never understand that,” police officials said.
It all unfolded around 10:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Saddique family home in the 1200 block of Mikara Court in Bel Air.
That’s where police say Nasir Siddique, a retired Army officer, shot and killed his wife before driving more than an hour to the University of Maryland, College Park to kill his son, before turning the gun on himself.
“And then the police officers came. We started noticing the lights, and then we came to know that there was something big happening,” one student said.
Farhad Siddique was a junior at College Park, who would have turned 20 on Thursday.
According to our media partner, The Baltimore Sun, Nasir Siddique’s brother sent him a text message earlier in the day saying he was depressed and under stress.
Hours later, around 10 p.m., police found Zarqa Siddique’s body.
At about 9 p.m. — in Prince George’s County — Farhad Siddique was reported missing by friends.
By 10:30 p.m., police found both father and son’s lifeless bodies in the family Jeep.
WJZ has also learned Zarqa Siddique worked as a Harford County public school employee.
A school district spokesperson says Siddique worked with children with disabilities at Prospect Elementary School.
One parent told WJZ the school sent home a letter with students on Thursday, alerting parents of the loss, and to offer grief counseling for those who need it.
Police say they are still in the early stages of the investigation.
“We don’t have a clear determination of exactly what caused Mr. Siddique to commit these atrocities,” said Maj. William Davis, Harford County Sheriff’s Office.
WJZ learned Siddique’s daughter attends an out-of-state college. She was not harmed.
Police also say they found notes at the family home. Detectives have not said what they contain, only that they are part of their investigation.