Posted in music on November 15, 2013

Pooya (far right) with The Free Keys
Pooya

This week saw the tragic news that members of Yellow Dogs had been murdered by Raefe Ahkbar, former member of Yellow Dogs "sister band" The Free Keys, who committed suicide soon after. Now, Pooya Hosseini of The Free Keys, who was there the night of the murder, has recounted his experience in a new interview with The New York Times:

Mr. Hosseini listened to the gunfire. Then his door crashed open.

First all he saw was the gun, and then he focused on Mr. Rafie's face, wild-eyed, not with anger but with a strange beatific purpose, an almost happy demeanor.

" 'You think my bullets are not going to go through those coats and your body and the wall?' " Mr. Hosseini recalled, using English to recount Mr. Rafie's words, which had been spoken in Persian. "I said, 'Definitely, sure, but don't kill me. Just let me talk to you.' "

For the next several minutes, they spoke, Mr. Rafie, pointing the end of a .308 caliber, Spanish-made assault rifle at Mr. Hosseini, still crouched on the floor.

"He asked me, 'What happened to us?' " Mr. Hosseini recalled.

The two had been friends in Iran, playing music together and accompanying each other on mountain bike rides in the hills north of their Tehran homes. They came to the United States together, hoping to find musical freedom in Brooklyn.

But almost from the moment the men arrived together at Kennedy Airport in December 2011, relations were fraying. Mr. Rafie made little money as a bicycle messenger and began to steal things. He would hop turnstiles, frightening Mr. Hosseini and others who were seeking asylum and trying to assiduously follow the rules.

After about five months, the men kicked Mr. Rafie out of the band and stopped living with him. Mr. Hosseini said that, apart from a text message a few months ago, the two men had not spoken.

Read the rest of this depressing story at NY Times.

The surviving members of the band also gave an official statement.

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Comments (10)

Seems like this Rafie guy got the raw end of the deal as far as the band is concerned.

Posted by Anonymous | November 15, 2013 1:06 PM

Seems like he didn't get a raw deal and thought he did. If I'm in a band, and my friend starts stealing from me and starts doing stupid shit that jeopardizes everyone, I'd probably kick him out too. Obviously he had a few screws loose.

The guy who got away was a straight bad ass.

Posted by Anonymous | November 15, 2013 1:14 PM

Was Rafie a ginger?

Posted by Anonymous | November 15, 2013 1:46 PM

DIE DAN DIE LACES OUT

Posted by Anonymous | November 15, 2013 1:51 PM

This story seems very odd and frankly unbelieveable. The guy has just murdered 3 people in cold blood, is armed to the gills, pointing a military rifle at this former bandmate and this is the dialog" "'What happened to us?'".

Posted by Anonymous | November 15, 2013 1:51 PM

"This story seems very odd and frankly unbelieveable. The guy has just murdered 3 people in cold blood, is armed to the gills, pointing a military rifle at this former bandmate and this is the dialog" "'What happened to us?'"

You do not seem to understand the meaning of 'in cold blood.'

Posted by Anonymous | November 15, 2013 2:18 PM

Is it Terrorism of just a matter of workplace violence?

Posted by Anonymous | November 15, 2013 2:27 PM

it takes a lot to stop a .308. Kevlar is not enough. Steel plates are required. The best helmets can only deflect a glancing blow from a rifle.
bike messengers know that the body of an automobile is also no protection from this.
the best defensive tactic is to build a bunker with steel reinforced concrete, and three layers of sandbags to stop rocket propelled grenades. Make sure that there are enough fighting positions with overlapping fields of fire, and install curtains to obscure your silhouette. Camouflage your bunker to look like its surroundings, and replace dead vegetation used for this purpose frequently.

Posted by Anonymous | November 15, 2013 10:46 PM

Different breed of dogs also require different shampoo and conditioners . Some shampoos are only fit for larger breed of dogs wherelse others are only fit for small breeds like the Chi hua hua.

Posted by yellow dye for dogs | December 9, 2013 2:48 AM

the guy is a cashier in a casual convenient store and then drives his gf with a Mercedes !! haha

Posted by Giselle | March 2, 2014 4:08 AM

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