Thursday, January 03, 2008

"It Has Nothing To Do With Islam"

MyFox Dallas - A Dallas-area father may have shot his two teenage daughters to death because their Westernized clothes and behavior brought him shame, family members say.

Police are still looking for 50-year-old Yaser Said of Lewisville. Tuesday night they found his abandonded taxicab parked near an Irving hotel with his two daughters murdered in the back seat.

Investigators say either Sarah Yaser Said, 17, or Amina Yaser Said, 18, called 911 around 7:30 p.m., saying she had been shot, but could not identify her location. Police were able to trace the call to a general location, but found nothing.

An hour later, someone reported a suspicious vehicle near the Omni Mandalay hotel in Las Colinas, which turned out to be the taxi.

FOX 4 spoke with two of Said's family members who want to remain anonymous. They say Sarah and Amina dressed in Western clothes and listened to pop music. They described Said as angry with his daughters for not acting like proper Muslim girls.

Though police have not named the motive, in some Muslim countries fathers kill their children if they feel their honor has been ruined.

But local Islamic leaders condemn the practice, according to a member of the Islamic Society of North America.

"It has a lot to do with the culture, and nothing to do with the faith," said Azhar Aziz of the ISNA. He admits that American popular culture often clashes with Islamic values, and says local leaders have campaigned against violence it sometimes spawns.

Police thought he was hiding in his house in Lewisville on Wednesday morning, and swarms of officers in SWAT uniforms surrounded the place. After bombing the place with tear gas and having snipers on alert for about five hours, officers discovered the house was empty.

Yaser Abdel Said is 6' 2", about 180 pounds, wearing a black turtleneck, brown coat and tan pants. Police say he's armed with a handgun and should be considered extremely dangerous.