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The search for Yaser Abdel Said

By Michelle Malkin  •  January 4, 2008 11:52 AM

The manhunt continues for the father suspected of murdering his two teenage daughters in Texas. His son called on the man to surrender–and he denies that the suspected honor killings have anything to do with religion:

The brother of two teenage girls who police believe were killed by their father this week pleaded Thursday night for his dad to surrender to authorities.

“I never thought this would happen,” said Islam Said, 19. “Tell him to turn himself in.”

Yaser Abdel Said, a 50-year-old cabdriver, is being sought in the deaths of Amina Yaser Said, 18, and Sarah Yaser Said, 17. The Lewisville High School students were found shot to death in a taxi at an Irving hotel Tuesday night.

Islam Said and his mother appeared at a candlelight vigil in honor of the girls outside the high school Thursday night. Dozens of students and teachers gathered around pink posters decorated with pictures of the smiling sisters and signed with messages for the girls, described as well-liked students who played tennis and soccer and excelled in Advanced Placement courses.

Mr. Said also disputed widespread rumors and media reports that his Muslim father’s religion may have been part of the motive.

“It’s not religion,” he said, declining to speak in detail about a possible motive. “It’s something else. Religion has nothing to do with it.”

Federal officials are part of the manhunt, but there are no leads and no progress. Said may have left the country.

I’ll leave you with this:

Zohair Zaidi, a close friend of Sarah’s, said she told him her father had recently threatened to harm Amina when he discovered she had a boyfriend.

“Her dad has always been oppressive with her and her sister,” said Mr. Zaidi, 18.

“She said that one day when she came home – the day he found out about Amina’s boyfriend – he told Sarah, ‘I’m going to put a bullet through Amina’s head, and you better get used to her because she’s not going to be around much longer.’ ”

One of the sisters called 911 from a cellphone around 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. She said she was dying, according to an Irving police report. Police traced the call to O’Connor Road and Riverside Drive, where police initially did not find the caller.

An hour later, police received another call about two unconscious females in a taxi at a service entrance of the Omni Mandalay Hotel. Police located the vehicle and found the sisters, who died of multiple gunshot wounds.

“The victims’ mother provided information that pointed to the victims’ father as the suspect,” the Irving police report said.

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