Texas taxi driver accused of ‘honour killings’ of teenage girls in 2008 trial begins
Jury selection is to begin in the trial of a Texas taxi driver accused in 2008 of the ‘honour killings’ of his two teenage daughters,.
was arrested after 12 years on the run in August 2020, in Justin, 36 miles northwest of Dallas. At the time, he was one of the FBI’s 10 most wanted people.
Said’s brother, Yassein, and his son Islam were arrested in Euless, Texas. Both have been charged with harboring a known fugitive and are currently serving time in federal prison.
The Egyptian-born suspect had been wanted on a murder warrant since the fatal 2008 New Year’s Eve shooting of two Lewisville High School students, 17-year-old Sarah Yaser Said and 18-year-old Amina Yaser Said.
A police report from the time said a family member told investigators the suspect had threatened Sarah with ‘bodily harm’ for going on a date with a non-Muslim. The mother, Patricia Said, fled with her daughters the week before their death because she was “in great fear for her life. Gail Gattrell, the sisters’ great-aunt, called the death an “honour killing”, in which a woman is murdered by a relative to protect her family’s honor.
The teenage sisters were found shot multiple times in a taxi outside a motel in Irving, a suburb of Dallas. Police found them after one of the girls called 911 from a cell phone and said she was dying.
“Help,” said a crying voice on the 911 recording, later determined by police to be that of Sarah Said. “I’m dying. Oh my God. Stop it.”
Police could not immediately locate the teenagers after the 7:33 p.m. call. Much of what Sarah said in the recording was unintelligible, and the dispatcher’s repeated requests for her to provide an address went unanswered.
An emergency dispatcher received another call about an hour later from an Irving motel. The sisters’ bodies were in a taxi, one in the front passenger seat and the other in the back. The caller said he could see blood.
“They don’t look alive,” said the caller, whose name has been removed from the recording.