Yasar Said, who had been sexually abusing his two daughters, finally murdered them in what is known as an ‘honor killing’ in the Muslim faith for being “too Westernized” and “dating out of their faith.” Their mother was not a Muslim, but a Southern Baptist, who married Said when she was just 15, he 29.
Some background on the family:
WFAA (h/t Larry A) It’s been 11 years since Amina and Sarah Said were shot and killed in what were apparent Muslim honor killings. In the recorded 911 call, one of the girls is heard naming her father as the killer.
Police believe Yasar Said was angry they were dating boys who were non-Muslim and killed them. It was a high-profile case and there are still many details some are discovering more than a decade later.
”He followed them everywhere and he recorded their every move,” said Ruth Trotter, a family friend, of home videos that show the father with his two teen daughters before their violent deaths.
Problems with their father went back years. When they were younger, the girls told police he was sexually abusing them. In one of the videos, he gawks at the girls as he rolls the camera and zooms in on their bodies.
The girls told people they were scared of what he might do one day. ”I knew the fear and threat was real all the time,” said Ruth Trotter, whose son dated Amina. “I mean, she told us all the time that her dad would kill her.”
On Jan. 1, 2008, Said forced the girls to go with him to dinner. In a taxi cab he had borrowed, he shot Amina in the chest twice, and then he shot Sarah, the younger daughter, nine times. Sarah managed to call 911 for help before she died. She named her father as her killer.
Worldwide, an estimated that 5000 honor killings happen every year, and the majority of them are done to women and girls, Muslim women and girls.