A decorated ex-Army lieutenant colonel murdered his wife in their family home before driving to their son’s university more than an hour away to shoot him and then kill himself.
Nasir Siddique shot his 58-year-old wife Zarqa in the head in their home in Bel Air, Maryland, on Wednesday afternoon. Her body was found in the bathtub hours later.
The 57-year-old, who retired from the military in 2010 after 30 years of service, then drove some 60 miles to the University of Maryland where his son, Farhad, was a student.
He killed the 19-year-old, who would have been 20 on Thursday, in his beloved red jeep before turning the gun on himself to take his own life.
Police recovered their bodies in Siddique’s car at around 10.30pm in the parking lot of Farhad’s student accommodation. Zarqa’s body was found around 15 minutes earlier at the family home.
Nassir Siddique (left), who retired from the US Army as a Lieutenant in 2010, shot his wife Zarqa in their Maryland home before driving to find their 19-year-old son Farhad (right together) to shoot him and then kill himself
Their daughter Laila was studying at Penn State College of Medicine in Pennsylvania at the time.
‘She is doing about as well as can be imagined,’ Hartford County Sheriff’s Office Major William Davis said on Thursday during a press conference.
It’s not yet clear what drove Siddique to murder his wife and son but police have suggested notes found in their home may indicate his motive.
‘The contents of those notes are still part of the active investigation.
‘While detectives continue to work to determine a motive, the details of those notes will not be released,’ a spokesman for Hartford County Sheriff’s Office said on Friday.
Officers from the sheriff’s office were called to the family’s Bel Air home on Wednesday after receiving two calls raising concerns for the family’s wellbeing.
The couple also has a daughter, Laila (above with the rest of her family), who was studying at Penn State College of Medicine in Pennsylvania at the time
Siddique’s body along with that of his son was found in his jeep on Wednesday night (above)
The 57-year-old shot his son in his red jeep wrangler. He previously took to social media to share how much he loved the car (above with his mother in 2012)
Farhad was killed hours before his 20th birthday on Friday. The student was majoring in physiology and neurobiology and was in his junior year of college
Siddique and his wife attended President Obama’s inauguration in 2009, a year before he retired from the military
The Lieutenant and his wife posed with Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi at the event. At the time she was Speaker of The House
One was from the University of Maryland’s police which had received a missing report from Farhad’s friends when he did not show up for class.
They found Zarqa’s body in the bathtub at 10.14pm. The 58-year-old is understood to have worked for the schools system helping students with severe disabilities.
Minutes later officers from Prince George’s County Police Department near the university found her son and husband.
Friends of Farhad, who has been described as ‘gentle’ and ‘kind’ in tributes since his death, said he often visited home but never spoke of his family.
Brent McGuire, who shared a room with the victim in his freshman year, told the university’s student newspaper, The Diamondback: ‘I thought it was a good relationship.’
The university shared its grief in a statement which read: ‘This is a tragedy that will be felt by our entire community.
‘During this time of loss, we extend our deepest sympathy to the families and friends of the victims.’
A prayer will be held for Farhad by the Muslim Student Association of which he was a member.
Siddique was a staunch supporter of both President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden. He attended a debate involving the latter with his family some years before his retirement
The father-of-two (above at his retirement ceremony with his family) served in the US Army for 30 years
‘Our hearts are saddened by the loss of Farhad Siddique, a dear friend and brother to many in the University of Maryland community.
SIDDIQUE’S MILITARY AWARDS
Legion of Merit
Meritorious Service Medal x 4
Army Commendation Medal x 2
Army Achievement Medal
Army Good Conduct Medal
National Defense Service Medal x 2
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon
Army Service Ribbon
Army Staff Identification Badge
‘He is remembered as a hardworking, compassionate individual who helped others in any way he could,’ the association said in a statement on Thursday.
Farhad was majoring in physiology and neurobiology and was in his junior year. During his time at the university he helped other students study before exams.
The student’s parents had been married for 26 years. They celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary in 2014 in gushing social media posts and appeared to have a happy relationship.
Between 2005 and 2010, Siddique was assigned to work in Washington DC. During these years he rubbed shoulders with Vice President Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi.
He even attended President Obama’s with his wife.
A proud father, regularly commented on his son and daughter’s social media accounts.
He served in the Preventative Medicine and Medical Service Corps branches.
His military record suggests he was a decorated member of the US Army with 16 awards.
Zarqa’s body was found in a bathroom at the family’s home in Bel Air, Maryland (above)
Farhad was killed in the parking lot near his student accommodation (above) at the University of Maryland