Lewisville High School held a candlelight vigil tonight for the two slain teens Amina Yaser Said, 18, and Sarah Yaser Said, 17.
Mary Said was surrounded by family and friends during a candlelight vigil for her daughters in front of Lewisville High School on Thursday. (Dallas News)
Islam Said, the brother of the two slain Dallas teens, said tonight that his sister’s murders were not honor killings.
Dallas News reported:
Islam Said and his mother appeared at a candlelight vigil in honor of the girls outside the high school Thursday night. Dozens of students and teachers gathered around pink posters signed with messages for the girls, described as well-liked students who played tennis and soccer and excelled in Advanced Placement courses.
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Mr. Said also disputed widespread rumors and media reports that his father’s religion may have been part of the motive. There has been speculation that the slayings were an honor killing, a practice in some Muslim cultures where a man kills a female family member who is believed to have shamed the family.
“It’s not religion,” he said. “It’s something else. Religion has nothing to do with it.”
Federal authorities are participating in the manhunt for Yaser Abdel Said.