Chilling note left at couple’s death scene: ‘Sorry, my first kill was clumsy’

Investigators are looking for a son who disappeared after his parents were found shot to death inside their San Jose home beside an chilling, ink-scribbled message.

The couple’s adult son hasn’t been located since his parents’ bodies were discovered at about 1:47 p.m. Sunday in their Quimby neighborhood home in the 3000 block of Lucas Court, according to San Jose police Sgt. Enrique Garcia. Although he has not been considered a suspect, detectives are looking for him for questioning so they can get more information about the killings.

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“At this point in the investigation, we believe that this incident was not a random act of violence and the suspect(s) was someone familiar to the family,” he said in a statement.


Police were called to the home to investigate suspicious circumstances and found Shamima Rabbi, 57, and Golam Rabbi, 59, dead. Both had been shot at least once.

KGO-TV reported that the message, “Sorry, my first kill was clumsy,” was written next to the couple’s bodies.

Police have declined to comment on the existence of a note, and said detectives were not offering further information to the public.

“We are limited in the amount of information we can disclose or confirm without hindering the investigation,” Garcia said. “Our homicide detectives are working diligently to try and conduct a thorough and complete investigation, so that we may bring closure to this horrible crime and provide answers.”

The deaths have left members of the San Jose Islamic community stunned.

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The Rabbis were longtime members and volunteers with the South Bay Islamic Assn. and the Evergreen Islamic Center in San Jose.

“We ask Allah to forgive the deceased, shower his mercy on them, and make their graves a garden from paradise,” the association said in a statement. “In addition, we extend our deepest condolences to the family and ask Allah to grant them strength and patience during this most difficult time.”

Police don’t believe couple’s death was a hate crime, “or that the public is in any immediate danger.”

The Rabbis, who were natives of Bangladesh, had two sons, 17 and 23, KTVU-TV reported. Police have contacted the couple’s youngest son.

Golam Rabbi was an engineer, and his wife was an accountant. Friends at the Evergreen Islamic Center describe the couple as kind and peaceful.

Anyone with details about the couple’s deaths is urged to call San Jose police Homicide Sgt. Pat Guire or Det. Ken Tran at (408) 277-5283. To remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers Tip Line (408) 947-7867.

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