At long last, Yaser Said, who shot and killed his two daughters Amina and Sarah in a cold-blooded honor killing, has been apprehended.
12 long years later, Amina and Sarah Said’s murdering father has been arrested…. in Texas. The network that protected him should be brought to justice and indicted as well.
He was in Texas all along.
We covered the Said honor killing extensively, and it was apparent, right from the start, that Said had help, a lot of help, in evading justice.
Sisters, Amina, 18, and Sarah, 17, were each shot to death by their father in the back of his cab. They were lured back home after running away to escape their brutal father.
“Oh my God, I’m dying,” were 17-year-old Sarah Said’s last words, recorded in a harrowing 911 call released by Irving Police in Texas, United States of America.
After a series of death threats and allegations of physical and sexual abuse, on New Year’s Day in 2008, Sarah Said and her sister Amina Said were found brutally murdered in their father’s taxi in Texas.
At the time of their murder, friends of the girls said their father was Egyptian Muslim and critical of popular American lifestyles.
“He was really strict about guy relationships and talking to guys, as well as the things she wears,” said Kathleen Wong, a friend of the dead teenagers. “I’m sure that it was her dad that killed her.”
Wong says the girl’s father was 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’.”
In her recorded 911 call, Sarah named her father as the killer.
Yasar Said shot them because of anger over their dating of non-Muslim boys and their Western lifestyle.
”He followed them everywhere, and he recorded their every move,” said Ruth Trotter, a family friend, of home videos that show the father with his two teen daughters before their violent deaths in December 2007.
Yaser Said had an underground network protecting him. They, too, must be prosecuted.
Police said double-homicide suspect Yasar Said may be in hiding locally, receiving help from an inexplicably supportive community despite the horrific crimes he is accused of.
For years after the murders, their violent brother, Islam, would threaten, stalk, and harass anyone who pursued their killer.