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    The ex-wife of an Egyptian man on trial for the murder of their two daughters for dating American boys called him the devil as she alleged 15 years of abuse under him.  When prosecutors asked Patricia Owens to identify ex-husband Yaser Said, 65, in court on Thursday, she pointed at the man accused of killing her two daughters, 17-year-old Sarah and 18-year-old Amina, NBC 5 reported.   'That devil there,' she said as she testified about years of abuse she and her two daughters allegedly suffered at the hands of Said.  The Egyptian-born cab driver, who lived with his family just north of Dallas, allegedly shot and killed his daughters in his taxi after telling them they were going out to eat on New Year's Day in 2008. It is widely speculated Said committed an honor killing - a practice where individuals are murdered for bringing perceived shame on their family - after he discovered the girls had non-Muslim boyfriends and thought they were becoming 'too American.'  Patricia Owens (pictured) called her ex-husband, Yaser Said, 'that devil' during the murder trial...
    The trial of the father who authorities believe to have murdered his teenage daughters in a 2008 'honor killing' began Tuesday after Monday's jury selection.  The prosecution is not seeking death penalty against Yaser Abdel Said, 65, but he would automatically receive a life sentence if convicted.   The Egyptian-born cab driver who lived with his family just north of Dallas, Texas, allegedly shot to death his daughters, 17-year-old Sarah and 18-year-old Amina, in his taxi after telling them they were going out to eat on New Years Day 14 years ago. 'Help, my dad shot me! I'm dying,' Sarah could be heard in a 911 call she managed to make after she was shot. Investigators said Amina was killed instantly. It is widely speculated Said committed the honor killing - a practice where individuals are murdered for bringing perceived shame on their family - after he discovered Amina had a non-Muslim boyfriend and because he thought they were becoming 'too American.' Said vanished after the murders and spent six years on the FBI Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list. He was...
    Kamala Harris' niece has raised eyebrows with an Instagram post urging people who care about LGBT rights and women's issues to defend Palestine - despite the country's rulers being among the most repressive in the world. Meena Harris, a 36-year-old lawyer and businesswoman, on Wednesday night shared her opinions, re-posting a widely-shared image discussing the ongoing conflict between Israel and Palestine. Harris has, in the four months since her mother's sister became vice president, managed several times to ruffle feathers in the White House - both with her new clothing brand, that Biden administration lawyers told her came too close to profiting from her aunt, and with an ill-advised tweet about a mass shooting.  'One cannot advocate for racial equality, LGBT & women's rights, condemn corrupt and abusive regimes and other injustices yet choose to ignore the Palestinian oppression,' she posted. 'It does not add up. You cannot pick and choose whose human rights matter more.' Meena Harris, 36, is the daughter of Vice President Kamala Harris's sister The post had previously been shared by Palestinian-Dutch model...
    ELK GROVE (CBS13) — The City of Elk Grove will be opening its 100th park this week. Singh and Kaur Park is named in remembrance of two Elk Grove Sikh residents who were murdered in 2011. READ MORE: CDC Eases COVID-19 Outdoor Mask Wearing Restrictions For The Fully Vaccinated In honor of the men, the landscape draws inspiration from Mogul architecture and Punjabi culture. Further, two sculptures created by a local artist feature some of the most recognizable of Sikh symbols. “It’s a beautiful tribute to Surinder Singh and Gurmej Atwal, two Sikh men who were tragically killed in our community in 2011, but it also demonstrates the commitment our community has to honoring our diversity,” said Elk Grove Mayor Bobbie Singh-Allen in a statement. READ MORE: Child Tax Credit: How Much Money Can Parents Expect In Monthly Payments? The opening of the park will be held mostly online due to COVID-19. The 5-acre park is located along Ponta Delgado Drive. MORE NEWS: Roseville Police Uncover Massive Alleged EDD Fraud Ring; $2.3M Fraudulently Withdrawn From...
    A man pleaded guilty Thursday in the murders of his child's mother and seven members of her family in 2016 - a grisly crime that spread terror across their rural Ohio community and stirred rumors of drug dealers and hit men before authorities concluded it stemmed from a custody dispute. This Nov. 27, 2018 file photo shows Edward "Jake" Wagner entering the courtroom for arraignment in front of Judge Randy Deering at the Pike County Courthouse in Waverly, Ohio.  Robert McGraw / AP On the fifth anniversary of the slayings, Edward "Jake" Wagner pleaded guilty to 23 counts in southern Ohio's Pike County in a deal with prosecutors that spares him from being sentenced to death. He agreed to cooperate in the cases against his parents and brother, who are also charged in the Rhoden family slayings of seven adults and a teenage boy. "I am guilty, your honor," Wagner calmly told the judge again and again, as Judge Randy Deering read each count aloud. The charges included eight counts of aggravated murder, as well as charges of conspiracy, aggravated...
    Photo by Sam PANTHAKY / AFP In India, women continue to be killed for daring to assert their sexual freedom or their freedom to choose their own partners. The video of a father holding the severed head of his daughter as he nonchalantly walks down the street has sent shockwaves around India on Thursday, a mere four days before International Women’s Day. I Was a Victim of Sexual Harassment in India, Today I Rejoice Sarvesh Kumar, from Hardoi’s Pandetara village in Uttar Pradesh, had thought it fit to behead his 17-year-old daughter over an alleged love affair she had with a man he disapproved of. In the video, he is matter of fact. There is no guilt or grief, just a practical narration of the events. After catching his daughter in a compromising position with a man two days earlier, he had vowed not to touch food or water until he could kill the two. In the video, he explains that he couldn’t find the man, managing only to kill his daughter. “I locked the door and got it done,”...
    In India, women continue to be killed for daring to assert their sexual freedom or their freedom to choose their own partners. The video of a father holding the severed head of his daughter as he nonchalantly walks down the street has sent shockwaves around India on Thursday, a mere four days before International Women’s Day. Sarvesh Kumar, from Hardoi’s Pandetara village in Uttar Pradesh, had thought it fit to behead his 17-year-old daughter over an alleged love affair she had with a man he disapproved of. In the video, he is matter of fact. There is no guilt or grief, just a practical narration of the events. After catching his daughter in a compromising position with a man two days earlier, he had vowed not to touch food or water until he could kill the two. In the video, he explains that he couldn’t find the man, managing only to kill his daughter. “I locked the door and got it done,” he says in Hindi. The clip has largely been removed from social media platforms due to its...
    A man was arrested in India after allegedly beheading his 17-year-old daughter in what appears to be an honor killing, numerous sources reported. Sarvesh Kumar was reportedly captured in a video by police walking toward a police station in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, carrying his daughter’s severed head, the BBC reported.  #UttarPradesh man cuts off daughter’s head, tries to take it to police station NDTV’s Alok Pandey with more details Read more: https://t.co/Xkocqcs9hB pic.twitter.com/ZMt5yh0lA2 — NDTV (@ndtv) March 4, 2021 Residents who saw the man carrying the head immediately called police. The man reportedly said he had discovered his daughter was in a relationship with a man he did not like, and was angered. When he found her alone at home, he locked her in a room and beheaded her. He told police the body and the sharp object he used to kill his daughter were left “in the room,” according to the BBC. (RELATED: Indian Christian Murdered In Caste-Motivated ‘Honor Killing’) “I did it. There was no one else,” he reportedly said in the video, according...
    The son of an FBI Ten Most Wanted fugitive sought for the "honor killings" of his teenage daughters has pleaded guilty to helping his father evade law enforcement for more than 12 years, prosecutors say.  Islam Yaser-Abdel Said, a 32-year-old from Irving, Texas, is now facing up to three decades in federal prison, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Northern District of Texas.  "Islam Said prioritized the whims of his father, an alleged killer, over justice for his own sisters," U.S. Attorney Prerak Shah said in a statement. "Thanks to the dogged work of the FBI and its law enforcement partners, however, Mr. Said’s efforts were ultimately in vain."  Islam Said, left, has pleaded guilty this week to helping his father, Yaser, right, evade law enforcement, prosecutors say. (Irving Police Department) (Irving Police Department) TEXAS CABBIE ACCUSED IN ‘HONOR KILLING’ OF DAUGHTERS DIDN’T WANT TO RAISE ‘WHORES,’ WIFE RECALLS  Yaser Abdel Said -- a Texas cab driver -- was captured in August 2020 after spending years on the FBI’s "Top Ten" list of most-wanted fugitives.  His wife, Patricia "Tissie" Owens, told Fox News that her 63-year-old husband had become upset after...
    A Texas man has pleaded guilty to helping his father evade arrest for over 12 years  after he allegedly shot dead his teen daughters as part of so-called 'honor killings' when he found out they were dating non-Muslim men.  Islam Yaser-Abdel Said, 32, of Irving, pleaded guilty Tuesday to conspiracy to conceal a person from arrest, concealing a person from arrest and conspiracy to obstruct an official proceeding, federal prosecutors said. Islam Said's father, Yaser Said, was arrested by FBI agents in August in Justin, a small city 36 miles northwest of Dallas. Yaser Said had been wanted on a capital murder warrant following the 2008 New Year's Day fatal shootings of his daughters, Sarah Yaser Said, 17, and Amina Yaser Said, 18. Law enforcement officials called them honor killings in which a woman is murdered by a relative to protect her family's honor. Islam Yaser-Abdel Said, 32, of Irving, pleaded guilty Tuesday to helping his father, Yaser Said, evade arrest for over 12 years in connection to the 'honor killings' of the man's two teen sisters ...
    A young woman who refused to accept an arranged marriage to her cousin and ran off with her lover has been murdered and her boyfriend was raped and killed after they were invited by her family to a New Year party to make peace. The horrific killings took place in Bayramozu Village in the district of Kaman in the central Turkish city of Kirsehir where the young woman Vildan Ince, 24, was forced to marry her cousin in a religious ceremony after being put under immense pressure by her family. However, the young woman, who did not want the marriage, ran away with her boyfriend Osman Celik, 25, almost two months ago. The victims, Osman Celik and Vildan Ince, who were murdered in Kaman Victim Osman Celik. The horrific killings took place in Bayramozu Village in the district of Kaman in the central Turkish city of Kirsehir Her family searched for the pair but were unable to find them until they turned up for a New Year's Eve party in the village. After learning that their daughter was in...
    A Texas father — and one of the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitives — wanted for the slayings of his two teen daughters was busted after more than twelve years on the run, the federal law enforcement agency announced. Yaser Abdel Said, 63, was arrested Wednesday by agents in the small town of Justin, about 36 miles northwest of Dallas, officials said. The Egyptian-born taxi cab driver was sought on capital murder charges since the New Year’s Day shootings of his two daughters, Sarah Yaser Said, 17, and Amina Yaser Said, 18, in 2008 which have been described as “honor killings.” The teens were found shot multiple times in a cab outside an Irving motel after one of them called 911, saying she was dying, authorities said. “Help,” the younger sister could be heard crying on a 911 recording. “I’m dying. Oh my God. Stop it.” Relatives at the time told cops that Yaser threatened “bodily harm” against Sarah for going on a date with a non-Muslim. The girls’ mother, Patricia Said, fled with both girls in the week before...
    A CAB driver who allegedly murdered his two daughters in honor killings for dating non-Muslim boys has been arrested after 12 years on the run. FBI agents arrested Yaser Abdel Said, 63, in Justin, 36 miles northwest of Dallas. 4Yaser Abdel Said, 63, has been arrestedCredit: AP:Associated Press The Egyptian-born suspect had been sought on a capital murder warrant since the New Year's Day 2008 fatal shootings of the two Lewisville High School students, Sarah Yaser Said, 17, and Amina Yaser Said, 18. A police report at the time said a family member told investigators that the suspect threatened "bodily harm″ against Sarah for going on a date with a non-Muslim. The mother, Patricia Said, fled with her daughters in the week before their deaths because she was in "great fear for her life." Gail Gattrell, the sisters' great-aunt, has called the deaths an "honor killing," in which a woman is murdered by a relative to protect her family's honor. 4Sarah Yaser Said, 17, and Amina Yaser Said, 18, died in 2008Credit: Facebook 4Gail Gattrell, the...
    A Texas cab driver accused of murder who had been on the FBI’s “Top Ten” list of fugitives has been apprehended after being on the lam since 2008, according to reports. Yaser Abdel Said, 63, of Lewisville, northwest of Dallas, reportedly became upset when his daughters, ages 18 and 17, started dating non-Muslims, police told FOX 4 of Dallas. On New Year’s Day 2008, Said invited his daughters Amina and Sarah out to eat but instead drove them to Irving, where he allegedly fatally shot them inside his vehicle in what were described as “honor killings,” the station reported. Irving police Chief Jeff Spivey disagreed with the description. EX-DENVER COP HELPS FIND FUGITIVE WHO SHOT HIM IN 1971 “I don’t know how you can use the term ‘honor’ and ‘killing’ in this insrance,” the chief said. “This man brutally murdered, shot to death his two daughters inside his taxi cab. What led him to do that? I think at this point to us, it’s irrelevant. “The fact that he murdered his two daughters, the fact that he’s been on the...
    Last week in the Kurdish-Iranian city of Kermanshah, an 18-year-old pregnant woman was forced to consume aluminum phosphide by her father and brothers in what human rights activists have deemed a brutal "honor" killing. Somayeh Fathi was allegedly poisoned for "having a relationship with another man and dishonoring her family," the U.K.-based Iran International reported. To date, according to local reports, nobody has been held accountable for the poisoning of taking the life of the young woman and her unborn child. THE AFTERMATH OF QASSEM SOLEIMANI'S DEATH AND HIS DAUGHTER'S RISE TO PROMINENCE The chilling incident highlights the prevalence of apparent honor killings that Iran has seen in June alone. There is no clear indication if the cases in June suggest a spike in such killings, however, experts say a spotlight has shined on them more brightly thanks to social media. "Over the past few weeks, there have been at least six publicly documented cases of so-called 'honorary killings' in Iran," Nargess Tavassolian, a journalist at Iran International TV, told Fox News. "With the traction of social media platforms, more news of...
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