Ft. Worth Star-Telegram:
When Sarah, 17, recently met a boy at her job, she told a friend that her father would kill her if he found out.It doesn't seem reasonable that Sarah intended this to be taken literally. Still: chilling.
Reading this, and looking at this picture, I am very sad. The victims: sisters Amina Yaser Said, 18, and Sarah Yaser Said, 17, were honor students who were described as sweet, personable, and "extremely smart – like geniuses." They appear to have lived their entire lives in the United States. It's ironic that, in the above picture, Amina appears to be wearing an "American Girl" brand shirt.
Since goalposts are slip-sliding all over the place about exactly what constitutes "honor killing", I will simply say Amina and Sarah very possibly died due to their father's evil interpretations of Islamism and tribal honor codes.
Bryan Preston at Hot Air:
It could still turn out that the man is simply crazy for reasons unrelated to the girls’ dating activities, though we’ve been through enough of these stories now to have reason to think it’s not simple craziness that led to this.
Sarah and friend Kathleen Wong. Ms. Wong is quoted in the excerpt of Bud Gillette's story.
Bud Gillette of CBS11tv:
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. ""He was really strict about guy relationships and talking to guys, as well as the things she wears," Kathleen Wong, a friend of the dead teenagers. "I'm definitely 100% sure that it was her dad that killed her."
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'."
From Amina's MySpace page:
Her quote: "Don't take life too seriously, you'll never get out alive."
Her ambition: "Future Doctor!"
Dallas Morning News:
Officer Tull said there have been some "domestic issues" with the family, but he did not elaborate.Islamism is evil. Anyone who refuses to say so is foolish. Tribal honor codes which encourage beating or killing your daughters or your wife are evil. Anyone who refuses to say so is foolish. This is a danged sad story. Heartbreaking.
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.
Friends describe Amina and Sarah as quiet but well-liked students at Lewisville High School. They played tennis and soccer and were enrolled in many Advanced Placement classes.
"They were extremely smart – like geniuses," said Allison Villarreal, a senior at Lewisville High, where Amina was a senior and Sarah was a junior.
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.
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