CRIME
12/27/2011 09:29 pm ET | Updated Feb 26, 2012

Azizolah Yazdanpanah Dressed As Santa, Shot Estranged Wife, Their Two Children: Grapevine Police

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GRAPEVINE, Texas, Dec 27 (Reuters) - Police have identified the man they suspect of shooting dead six people in a suburban Dallas apartment on Christmas Day as an estranged husband, and the victims as his wife, their two children and three members of his wife's family.

Grapevine Police Department named Azizolah Yazdanpanah, 56, as the gunman in a Santa Suit suspected of shooting dead six family members on Christmas morning before turning the gun on himself.

Police identified the victims as Fatemeh Rahmati, 55, Yazdanpanah's wife from whom he was separated and their two children, Ali and Nona Yazdanpanah, aged 14 and 19.

Also murdered were Fatemeh's sister Zohreh, 58, her husband Mohamad Hossein Zarei, 59, and their daughter Sara Fatemeh Zarei, 22.

Grapevine is known for its wine-tasting salons. It was proclaimed by the state Senate as the "Christmas Capital of Texas" for its abundance of annual holiday-season events. (Reporting by Karen Brooks; Writing by Tim Gaynor; Editing by Jerry Norton)

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