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Sarah and Amina Said’s Family Fight to Keep Their Deaths in the Public Eye

March 19, 2008

R elatives work to keep girls’ slayings in the public spotlight

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By MARK AGEE
Star-Telegram staff writer

Gail Gartrell believes that Yaser Said is still in the Fort Worth area more than two months after he was accused of fatally shooting his two daughters.

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Which is why as a great-aunt of the girls, Sarah Said, 17, and Amina Said, 18, Gartrell is determined to keep his face in the public eye, hoping that someone will turn him in for $11,000 in rewards.

With an artist friend and other relatives, she put together a half-dozen artist renderings of what Yaser Abdel Said, 50, would look like with different haircuts and beard styles.

“He thinks he silenced them, but I won’t let them be silenced,” Gartrell, 53, of Cleburne, said Monday.

The girls were found dead Jan. 1 inside a cab in an Irving hotel parking lot. The cab had been driven by their father, who hasn’t been seen since. Friends and family said Yaser Said was upset that the girls were dating American boys. A capital murder warrant was issued for his arrest soon after their deaths.

Irving police have said that the trail has gone cold and that they don’t know whether Said is in the area or whether he fled, possibly to his native Egypt.

While the girls’ mother and brother have spoken publicly on the crime on only a few occasions, the extended family on the mother’s side has held events to draw attention to the case.

They’ve printed fliers, T-shirts and stickers in memory of the girls, who were students at Lewisville High School.

“We don’t want to let people forget,” said another of the girls’ great-aunts, Joyce Boucher.

“These girls didn’t even get to start their lives.”
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Note: It would be extremely helpful to them if bloggers such as myself could post all of the different renderings. The photo gallery is done in flash. Sigh.

‘Honour killing’ brother blames victims

During the vigil, the girls’ brother took the microphone, saying his father did not kill his sisters.

“They pulled the trigger, not my dad,” he said.

What does that tell you? The control is inbred in the son. Like father like son. And so goes the circle of life under islam.

Directly related: Muslim Dis-Honor Killings in Texas

Also see:
When religious devotion outweighs the sanctity of life

Too Sexy for my Burka (it is a serious video. do not let the title fool you)

Now for a few comments left on this article by folks who state they either knew or are related to Sara and Amina Said.

maestro – I had the pleasure of educating one of the sisters in my class, along with her classmates. She had told me one time that her father expected her and her sister to marry a Muslim who resided in Egypt. She had the idea that right after graduation, he would take her there immediately to find a husband. Being only a 10th grader at the time, I didn’t really think she was too serious because she always had such a happy demeanor along with a warm smile. Both her and her sister were two very intelligent girls who really could have had a bright future. I hope they nail the bastard.

CAN’T SAY!! – i know how the story went i am one of there family members but yall post stuff up like they wanted you to be sad they wanted yall to be happy!!! i read on a thing that they posted up the day before they died “you live your life good because you never know when you die” another way to say it is they know that they were going to die but they didnt know it was that close i am very sorry to say this but they wanted you yall to be happy and right know i think yall need yo say a pray for there dad to be caught i know i will!!

THEY WERE GOOD PEOPLE AND YALL HAVE TO KNOW THAT!!!

shirley davis

Yes this was an HONOR killing, but when the real truth comes out it will be two types of killing, I feel this is an insest cover-up. THAT MOTHER AND BROTHER IS GUILTY, she took them away and then brought them back knowing he promised to KILL AMINA. If the aunt Connie will tell the truth, she receivd a letter from Amina telling about their dad molesting them, she has told many of us about the letter.
Did anyone notice the mother said she would find him, then 6 days later she moved in with the killer’s brother and then told the news paper he was a loving father. good provider, hard worker If molesting your children, beating them, not letting them have an opinion, kicking Amina in the mouth, then in her wicked mind that is loving. The mother fled with him and the children from Bedford after he kicked Amina in the mouth, while wearing braces and her mouth was big,bruised and blue and she didn’t take her to the doctor……..if you will check the welfare records, she has a record herself, she fraudelently received food stamps….please dont donate money to this woman, somebody needs to start a schlorship fund in their names.Yes this was an HONOR killing, but when the real truth comes out it will be two types of killing, I feel this is an insest cover-up. THAT MOTHER AND BROTHER IS GUILTY, she took them away and then brought them back knowing he promised to KILL AMINA. If the aunt Connie will tell the truth, she receivd a letter from Amina telling about their dad molesting them, she has told many of us about the letter.
Did anyone notice the mother said she would find him, then 6 days later she moved in with the killer’s brother and then told the news paper he was a loving father. good provider, hard worker If molesting your children, beating them, not letting them have an opinion, kicking Amina in the mouth, then in her wicked mind that is loving. The mother fled with him and the children from Bedford after he kicked Amina in the mouth, while wearing braces and her mouth was big,bruised and blue and she didn’t take her to the doctor……..if you will check the welfare records, she has a record herself, she fraudelently received food stamps….please dont donate money to this woman, somebody needs to start a schlorship fund in their names.

emjay

WELL SCARLETT, I AM ONE OF THE RELATIVES. AND YES,YOU MAY CHECK WITH HILL COUNTY,TEXAS.THERE YOU WILL FIND AN AFFIDAVIT,SIGNED AND SWORN BY THE MOTHER,THAT THE FATHER DID ABUSE BOTH GIRLS,SEXUALLY AND PHYSICALLY.WHOEVER THIS “SHIRLEY DAVIS” IS, IS TELLING THE TRUTH.CPS HAS RECORD OF ABUSE OVER THE YEARS.AND YES,AMINA (AT 8or9 YEARS OLD WROTE A LETTER TO HER AUNT AND SAID: AUNT CONNIE,WHAT I SAID MY DAD DID,REALLY DID HAPPEN,BUT WE HAVE TO SAY IT DID’NT SO HE WON’T GO TO JAIL. THIS IS A “CHILD” TELLING THE TRUTH,BUT WAS MADE TO LIE TO PROTECT THIS PERVERTED SICKO!THE MOTHER DID GO TO JAIL,YEARS AGO,FOR FRAUD.SHE RECIEVED FOOD STAMPS AND ASSISTANCE,SWEARING SHE WAS SEPARATED FROM HER HUSBAND,WHEN HE WAS LAYING UP ON HIS BUTT LETTING THE WELFARE TAKE CARE OF HIS FAMILY.NOW THE MOTHER SAYS HE WAS NOT ABUSIVE,IN ANY WAY!SHE SAYS HE IS A GOOD MAN,A GOOD PROVIDER,EVEN A GOOD FATHER.NOW,MY QUESTION, HOW IN THE WORLD CAN SHE SAY 1 GOOD THING ABOUT THE KILLER THAT PUT 2 BULLETS IN ONE DAUGHTER AND 9,YES 9! BULLETS IN THE OTHER DAUGHTER? WHY WOULD SHE PROTECT HIM? WHY WOULD SHE TELL THE REST OF THE FAMILY TO KEEP THEIR MOUTHS SHUT AND NOT TALK TO THE MEDIA? SHE DOES NOT WANT HIS PICTURE SHOWN ON T.V. SHE IS “STILL” LIVING WITH THE KILLERS FAMILY,SHE IS NOT AND I REPEAT,IS NOT, IN HIDING!! APPARENTLY, SHE IS NOT AFRAID.WHY IS SHE PROTECTING HIM? ENOUGH SAID.

Anyone with information is asked to call Irving police at 972-721-2518.

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  1. concerned permalink
    November 23, 2008 3:07 am

    I pray to Creater that these sisters get their justice. My heart goes out to their friends. “Honor Killing” my mind just cannot grasp, but mom knew what was up and still brought her precious girls home to that monster. Once again my heart goes out to the girls’ friends. And I pray that justice will be served.

  2. Interesting permalink
    November 25, 2008 5:15 pm

    What I thought was so interesting, was the lovely home and car, they made him look like a good provider, when the world knew he wasn’t. They also made Patricia look like a mistreated egyptian wife, why did they not use an overweight American woman. Nothing was mentioned about the brother jacking his jaws, always saying they got what they deserved…I’ll take a Mexican anyday before accepting that brainless brother, he’s just a coward like his papa!! JUST WAIT!! BET YOU SEE PAPA, MAMA AND IDIOT BROTHER IN PRISON BEFORE ITS OVER.

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