WASHINGTON — Police say they have not determined a motive and are still piecing together the timeline in a case involving a Maryland man who killed his wife Wednesday and then drove to College Park and killed his 19-year-old son and himself.
Prince George’s County police said Thursday they discovered the bodies of 57-year-old Nasir Siddique and his son, Farhad, shortly after 10:30 p.m. Wednesday. The bodies were discovered in Siddique’s Jeep, which was parked in front of his son’s high-rise apartment building near the University of Maryland campus.
Prince George’s County police Captain Brian Reilly told reporters that investigators believe Siddique shot and killed his wife at their Bel Air, Maryland, home sometime earlier that day before making the hourlong trip to College Park.
Siddique’s son was a student at the university, and his roommates had called university police at about 9 p.m. to report him missing after he failed to show up for a class and they hadn’t heard from him for several hours, Reilly said.
Reilly said police haven’t settled on a firm motive yet.
“We have some inkling, but we’re really in the early stages of” the investigation,” he said. He added, “For somebody to take that step to kill their own child, we never understand that. It’s tough to describe how somebody could do that.”
Siddique worked as a contractor at the Aberdeen Proving Ground, a U.S. Army facility in Harford County, Reilly said. Police are now interviewing co-workers and family members. Nasir retired from the Army in 2010, Reilly said.
The Harford County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death of Nasir’s wife, Zarqa, 48 whose body was discovered in the Siddique home about 10:14 p.m. Wednesday by officers after being contacted by university police.
The Siddiques also had a daughter who attends college out of state. Police contacted her last night.
“She’s doing about well as you could imagine,” Reilly said.
WTOP’s Michelle Basch contributed to this report.