A seemingly happy suburban father 'snapped' when he shot his wife and five-year-old daughter in execution style before turning the gun on himself himself.
Minnesota police this week closed the case involving David Crowley, 29, his
dietitian wife Komel, 28, and their daughter Raniya whose decomposing bodies,
completely ravaged by the family dog, were discovered by a neighbor in January
of 2014. Police say they found the Arabic phrase "Allahu Akbar"
written in blood on the wall of the family's Apple Valley home.
Police also found a spiral notebook that had the words, 'Submit to Allah NOW,'
written on it.
The notebook also had the words 'open "The Rise" ' and 'most recent version,'
written on it. Crowley, a documentary filmmaker, was working on a project
called 'The Rise' about the 'Gray state model.' The film's story line includes
a police state, martial law crackdown and social breakdown.
A police file about the incident released this week describes the alleged
murder-suicide step by step.
Crowley is said to have killed his wife and daughter two hours before he shot
himself in the front of the head.
Komel Crowley was raised Muslim in Pakistan and converted to Christianity when
she married David Crowley. They married after meeting when he was stationed in
Texas for the Army in 2008.
Police believe that Crowley's choice of Arabic words was a sarcastic jab at his
late wife's background.
In the kitchen police found a laptop with the words 'I have loved you all with
all of my heart.'
On the floor of the kitchen were Crowley's bloody footprints. On the floor next
to the dead bodies was blood smeared all over a Quran that had a Muslim
forgiveness prayer for the dead
The bodies were not found for days and before they were discovered they'd been
torn apart by the family's dog who was still alive when police arrived at the
'It was just a gruesome scene that anybody who came in contact with had to
face,' Valley Police Chief Jon Rechtzig said.
'You had this terrible loss of life -- an entire family wiped out, three
'He was in a very dark place,' Rechtzigel said. 'He had a lot of stressors on
him and was working on a very dark topic – basically about the fall of society
and FEMA troops taking over the U.S.'
Crowley reportedly expressed his concerns about the film to his friend just a
little over a week before he murdered his family.
Crowley emailed Los Angeles filmmaker Jason Allen to tell him that they lost
most of their financial backers.
He wrote him that he was 'exhausted from carrying and managing this burden for
so many years.