Texas Muslim Honor Killer Added to FBI’s Ten Most Wanted List
Yaser Abdel Said is accused of fatally shooting his teen daughters to death in an honor killing.
Said told his daughters Aminia, 18, and Sarah, 17, pictured, he was taking them to get something to eat before he shot them dead.
The girls had fled home a week earlier after he said he would kill them for dating non-Muslim boys.
Photo of murder victim Sarah Yaser Said 17 from Lewisville, Texas. Sarah, 17, and her sister Amina Yaser Said, 18, were murdered by their father, Yaser Abdel Said, in 2008. The father is still on the run.
Sarah Said was an avid tennis player known as a silly but bright student. Her 18-year-old sister, Amina Said, was often called “the girl with pretty eyes,” friends say –Star-Telegram.
In 2012 there were reports that Yaser Abdel Said was working in New York City as a cab driver.
This week the FBI added Abdel Said to its Ten Most Wanted List.
Bridget Johnson at Pajamas Media reported:
The FBI added to its Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list an Egyptian sought for the honor killing of his daughters in Texas in 2008.
Yaser Abdel Said, 57, was a cab driver from Lewisville, Texas. The FBI is offering a reward of up to $100,000 for information leading to his arres
The bulletin says the feds suspect Said could have gone back to Egypt or is hiding in Egyptian communities within the U.S.
On January 1, 2008, Said persuaded his estranged daughters Amina, 18, and Sarah, 17, to visit him on the premise he was going to take them to get some food. “Instead, he allegedly drove them in his taxi cab to a remote location and used a handgun to murder them,” the FBI said. “One of the girls was able to make a 911 call and was heard screaming for help, saying she and her sister were being shot by their father. Their bodies were discovered several hours later in the cab, which was abandoned outside a hotel in Irving, Texas.”
According to the Dallas Morning News, Irving police “said they explored all possible motives for the murders” and cited “previous domestic problems” in the family.
Relatives have said that Said physically abused the teens and threatened to kill them after discovering they had boyfriends. “A documentary film about the murders said Said shared a belief held in some parts of the world that women in a family are the property of men,” said the DMN report.
The documentary released this year, The Price of Honor, argues that Said did not flee to Egypt. It also revealed, through Amina’s own communications, her plan to protect her boyfriend from her dad and her prediction that her father would eventually kill her.
The film also argued that U.S. law enforcement mismanaged the case and needs to “raise the bar” on how honor killings are confronted.