Comments closed. Cross posted at my current blog here. Those who wish to leave a comment can do so there.
Go to my follow up post to read comments by someone who claims to be Islam Said (Sarah and Amina Said’s) brother and Patricia (Tissie ) Said (their mother). I also have posted updated reward information. The reward has now doubled, from $10,000 to $20,000 thanks to a generous donation from THE NORTH TEXAS CRIME COMMISSION.
I am not going to knee jerk this and call it an honor killing. Although it is quite possible. I will play it by ear. As so far the info is minimal at best. Given the latest reports coming out on this case. I now wonder believe if it was an ‘honor killing’…
Please scroll down for updates.
Yaser Abdel Said, the 50-year-old Lewisville father, remained at large, police said. He is accused of fatally shooting his 17- and 18-year-old daughters, police said.
Investigators did not describe the domestic issues or say who was involved.
Police said they suspect that Said may have shot his daughters — Sarah Yaser Said, 17, and Amina Yaser Said, 18 — and left them for dead in his taxi.
A 911 cellphone call, believed to have been made by one of the teens about 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, alerted police to the shootings, but the caller couldn’t say where she was. Officers were dispatched to O’Connor Road and Riverside Drive but couldn’t find anyone.
An hour later, a witness reported seeing a suspicious vehicle in the 200 block of Las Colinas Boulevard in the parking lot of the Omni Mandalay Hotel at Las Colinas.
“Someone walked by the vehicle and saw them inside,” said David Tull, an Irving police spokesman.
Officers found the two sisters dead in that vehicle, owned by Jet Taxi. Company
A MySpace profile picture registered to a Sarah Said of Lewisville depicts two young girls goofing around in funny hats.
17 years old
Last Login: 1/1/2008
Police described Yaser Said as about 6-2, 180 pounds with black hair and brown eyes.
He was last seen wearing a black turtleneck shirt and sweater, a brown coat and tan pants. (50 years old)
He may be armed, police said.
Anyone with information is asked to call Irving police at 972-721-2518.
So beautiful. So young. So bright. So full of life…
Online video here, and a photo of the girls:
Police provided no clues about the motive for the killings. “There are several things we’re looking into,” said Irving police Officer David Tull, noting that the suspect faces capital murder charges.
Officer Tull said there have been some “domestic issues” with the family, but he did not elaborate.
Police did say they are looking into the possibility that the father was upset with his daughters’ dating activities.
“It’s something well worth looking into,” Officer Tull told WFAA-TV (Channel 8).
Officer Tull said at a news conference that the mother of the victims is cooperating with police and that she and her 19-year-old son are in a safe place. He believes the couple is married, but he didn’t know whether they had been living together.
Mr. Said, who is from Egypt, has lived in the Dallas area since at least the mid-1980s, records indicate.
“The victims’ mother provided information that pointed to the victims’ father as the suspect,” the police report stated.
Friends describe Amina and Sarah as quiet but well-liked students at Lewisville High School. They played tennis and soccer and were in many Advanced Placement classes.
Sisters, Amina, 18, and Sarah, 17, were each shot to death. Friends of the girls say their father was Egyptian and critical of popular American lifestyles. “I’m definitely 100% sure that it was her dad that killed her,” said Kathleen Wong, a friend of the dead teenagers.
Wong says the girl’s father was verbally abusive and that Sarah, especially, lived in fear. “She’s always told me that she was always so scared of her dad,” says Wong. “Even at school if a teacher joked around like, ‘I’m gonna tell your parents about this’, she would like totally flip out and start crying like, ‘please don’t tell’.” (Emphasis added)
Liz Marines, secretary of the Lewisville High School Student Council, had classes with both of the sisters and also remembers their scholastic abilities.
“Amina was very nice with everybody. She helped me in [Advanced Placement English] class,” she said. Sarah was a sophomore when she took an Algebra II class with Liz, who was a junior at the time.
She said the sisters, who wore typical American clothes, didn’t talk much about their family. “I didn’t know they were Muslims until she told me they were Egyptian and Muslim,” Liz said.
The girls were well-liked and made good grades at Lewisville High School. Their father was strict and rarely let them spend time with friends. When Sarah, 17, recently met a boy at her job, she told a friend that her father would kill her if he found out.
Friends are now rethinking the way they understood that turn of phrase.
Chilling words after the fact.
Texas dad suspected of honor killings Fox News video link – Honor Killings?
Family members tell our Dallas Fox affiliate father was upset about the girls western clothing and behavior. Saying it brought him shame. If that was indeed the motive then these two teenage girls are just the latest victims of the so called radical islam honor killings.
Americas Most Wanted has posted the case No Islam connection mentioned.
Photos from rest in peace, sarah & amina – facebook
LEWISVILLE – The brother of two teenage girls who police believe were killed by their father this week pleaded Thursday night for his dad to surrender to authorities.
I never thought this would happen,” said Islam Said, 19. “Tell him to turn himself in.”
Mr. Said also disputed widespread rumors and media reports that his Muslim father’s religion may have been part of the motive.
“It’s not religion,” he said, declining to speak in detail about a possible motive. “It’s something else. Religion has nothing to do with it.”
Zohair Zaidi, a close friend of Sarah’s, said she told him her father had recently threatened to harm Amina when he discovered she had a boyfriend.
“She said that one day when she came home – the day he found out about Amina’s boyfriend – he told Sarah, ‘I’m going to put a bullet through Amina’s head, and you better get used to her because she’s not going to be around much longer.’ “
From Amina’s MySpace page. H/T Hot Air
Lovely Mother Said (Patricia) was a Muslim child bride.
Patricia and Yaser Said were wed in February 1987 when she was 15 and he was 30, Tarrant County marriage records show. The two have had addresses in Euless, Bedford, Grand Prairie and Arlington, public records indicate.
Ok maybe not really young, but…he was 30!!!
and she was 15!!!
H/T JamieWearingFool Via Larwyn
Connie Moggio, the girls’ aunt, said there had been turbulence in the Said household for a while.
She said her sister married Yaser Abdel Said at the age of 15 and was pregnant shortly after, adding she had tried to leave her husband many times over the years, most recently, on Christmas Eve.
“A few days before she called me at my job and told me she was leaving because he had threatened the girls because they were dating,” Moggio told MyFOXDFW.com.
“Dad, just turn yourself in and if you do, I’ll get you a lawyer to help you out.” The girls’ brother, Islam Said, made that emotion plea.
“Maybe they won’t put you on death row, but you can sit in prison and think about what you’ve done.
Officials understand Yasser Abdel Said could be anywhere in the world, but police are concentrating on local contacts.
Schepps Dairy is offering a $10,000 reward for information that leads to his arrest and indictment.
I am an aunt to these two beautiful girls! I am from the mother’s side. YES! This was an honor killing! You nailed it sweety! My sister tried to get those baby’s away years ago and you know…she was never allowed to see them again…well, they were brought to the hospital…only after she was comatose! My sister was punished for trying to tell the world what was going on! She died four years ago! But, these girls had no honor in life and no honor in death! Amina and Sarah both, told their mom if their dad killed them…they DID NOT WANT A MUSLIM funeral! Well, they had one anyway! Yeah, there was a “baptist” funeral before the muslim funeral….PLEASE, get out the word it was a farce! They were placed in a mUslim funeral home. The son, Islam…he walked out and went to get the Iman to stop it! My nephew got up and took him outside! The funeral proceeded but, many spoke and all but one…was a MUSLIM!
The Muslims who ran the funeral home…they had us all in a room a little larger than my walk-in-closet! The friends from school…..they could not fit in that room so, they lined them up, against the wall, and in front of the freezers for dead bodies! When it came time for the first song…we sat, sat, and finally, my husband told them he had a system just like theirs and would run it himself…OH…they miraculously got the music going! Then, they set it up so that they same song would play, instead of the other two. My hubby caught this and demanded it be paused, so that the other songs would play!!
As soon as the funeral was over, there was trouble, outside with the brother of Amina and Sarah, ISLAM, is his name! He got into it with one of his aunts and was telling her…get the f —, out of here and then started running through the parking lot yelling….this f-ing funeral is over ….LEAVE!
Yes, this was an honor killing and I believe with all my heart that ISLAM, the brother, is just as guilty as his dad. Why? Because Amina would not go back home! He went over, where she was staying and was crying. “Please come home Amina and talk things out with Dad! He will not hurt you, I give you my word! I promise, you will be safe!” She trusted those words and went with him. Not an hour later….Sarah made that infamous call! She died immediately after she called as he took his time killing her. In fact, all we have been told is, “she had multiple gunshots”…..I still have no clue how many bullets he fired at her. I do know she fought for her life as there is a bruise on her forehead which shows that she did not go out without a fight…one this precious and beautiful girl lost…to a man she knew as daddy!
Please feel free to contact me as I want their story told. They could not tell it but, Aunt Gail is making sure they are honored….even if it is by mere strangers!
Now for a couple of comments left on this article by folks who state they either knew or are related to Sara and Amina Said
I had the pleasure of educating one of the sisters in my class, along with her classmates. She had told me one time that her father expected her and her sister to marry a Muslim who resided in Egypt. She had the idea that right after graduation, he would take her there immediately to find a husband. Being only a 10th grader at the time, I didn’t really think she was too serious because she always had such a happy demeanor along with a warm smile. Both her and her sister were two very intelligent girls who really could have had a bright future. I hope they nail the bastard.
CAN’T SAY!! – i know how the story went i am one of there family members but yall post stuff up like they wanted you to be sad they wanted yall to be happy!!! i read on a thing that they posted up the day before they died “you live your life good because you never know when you die” another way to say it is they know that they were going to die but they didnt know it was that close i am very sorry to say this but they wanted you yall to be happy and right know i think yall need yo say a pray for there dad to be caught i know i will!!
THEY WERE GOOD PEOPLE AND YALL HAVE TO KNOW THAT!!!
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Original post date Jan 3 2008 a.m.