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Tonight Nov 22: America’s Most Wanted Airs the Said Texas Honor Killing Story

November 22, 2008

Tune in tonight Saturday November 22 on FOX — 9 p.m. ET/PT 8 p.m. CT

A special thank you to Gail Gartrell (Sarah and Amina’s Aunt) for keeping me updated



Father Charged With Killing Daughters

On January 1, 2008, someone brutally murdered teenaged sisters Sarah and Amina Said. Police say the killer shot the girls to death in the back of a taxi cab and then fled.

The murder shocked the town of Lewisville, Texas, where the girls were from. But when police revealed the identity of the suspected killer, it shocked the nation.


Police have charged the girls’ father — Yaser Said — with capital murder as well as unlawful flight to avoid prosecution.

“I just don’t understand,” said Connie Maggio, the girls’ aunt. “Those girls were horrified — they must have been — to have their dad pointing a gun at them.”

But the girls’ family, like Maggio, say in order to understand the way the girls died, it’s important to take a closer look at the way they lived.

On the outside, they were beautiful young women who lived with determination and grace. But on the inside, they hid a secret.


Cops Charge Father With Murders

However, it’s what Yaser Said learned on Dec. 26, 2007, that allegedly sent him over the edge. Patricia Said told AMW that on that day, her husband learned that Amina had a boyfriend. Yaser Said was so upset, he allegedly threatened his daughters with a handgun.

Later that night, after Yaser went to work, the girls convinced their mother to run away with them. But days later, the girls and their mother returned home after Yaser Said promised to change.

Upon returning, Yaser invited his daughters to go to dinner with him. As the girls got into his taxi cab, they made it known they feared for their lives. Zohair says he received a final and haunting text message.

Sarah sent him a text message saying that they were back home and that she was worried. Zohair said he had a terrible feeling something was going to happen so he sent her a passage from the Koran, which translates as, “We are from God and to him we shall return.”

It was the last time he spoke to Sarah. Shortly after, the Irving Police Department recieved a 9-1-1 call from Sarah Said saying that her father had shot her, and that she was dying.

When police found the girls, they were dead. Yaser Said fled and remains on the lam. He is 6’2″ tall and weighs 180 lbs. He smokes Marlboro Light 100 cigarattes and likes to go to diners, including Denny’s and IHOP.

Has Islam Said Finally Admitted (his dad) “Yaser Said” Murdered (his sisters) Sara and Amina? [Updated]
“Murder in the Family: Honor Killing in America” Edited For International Audience
Murder in the Family: Honor Killing in America – Fox News Special Report [Update 2]
[Updated: Reward Now 25,000!] For Texas Honor Killing Arrest and Conviction
Sarah and Amina Said’s Family Fight to Keep Their Deaths in the Public Eye
Muslim Dis-Honor Killings in Texas [update 4]


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