Islam Yaser-Abdel Said of Irving, Texas, pled guilty Tuesday to conspiracy to conceal a person from arrest and concealing a person from arrest
The 32-year-old authorities said, conspired with his uncle, Yassein Said, to harbor his father, Yaser Said, who is accused of killing his daughters, Sarah, 17, and Amina, 18, in 2008
Teens were allegedly killed as part of so-called ‘honor killings’ in which a woman is murdered by a relative to ‘protect’ her family’s honor because the teen girls were ‘dating non-Muslims’
He took his daughters Sarah and Amina for a ride in his taxicab in Irvine, Texas on Jan 1, 2008, under the guise of taking them to get something to eat
He then shot them in cold blood and left them for dead inside the cab, which he abandoned outside a motel as he fled
Sarah and Amina Said were found dead in the taxicab having suffered multiple gunshot wounds
Their brother Islam Said faces up to 30 years in prison when he’s sentenced in April
Yaser Said, the father, indicted by the state on capital murder charges, faces the death penalty
Trial for Yaser’s brother, Yassein Said, will begin Feb 1
A Texas man has pled guilty to helping his father evade arrest for over 12 years after he allegedly shot dead his teenage daughters, in ‘honor killings’ when he found out they were dating non-Muslim men.
Islam Yaser-Abdel Said, 32, of Irving, pled guilty Tuesday to conspiracy to conceal a person from arrest, concealing a person from arrest and conspiracy to obstruct an official proceeding, federal prosecutors said.
Islam Said’s father, Yaser Said, was arrested by FBI agents in August in Justin, a small city 36 miles northwest of Dallas.
Egyptian born Yaser Said, a naturalized US citizen, had married a white American women, the mother of his three children. However, had been wanted on a capital murder warrant following the 2008 New Year’s Day fatal shootings of his daughters, Sarah Yaser Said, 17, and Amina Yaser Said, 18.
The double-homicide suspect from the Dallas-area, wanted by the FBI for the suspected honor killings of his two teenage daughters was captured on August in a small North Texas town, after fled the law 12 years ago.
FBI SWAT team members arrested Yaser Abdel Said, 63, without incident in Justin, 36 miles northwest of Dallas.
Said allegedly killed his two daughters after he disagreed with Amina, a high school senior, for going a date with a non-Muslim.
Making the bust, the FBI also announced the arrests of Yaser’s Said’s son, Islam Said, 32, and his brother, Yassim Said, 59. Both men were charged for harboring a fugitive.
Law enforcement officials said the murders were so-called ‘honor killings’ in which a woman is murdered by a relative to ‘protect’ her family’s honor.
In this case, the young women had tried to hide from their father that they were dating non-Muslim men, but he found out and then killed them, authorities said.
Authorities said Islam Said conspired with his uncle, Yassein Said, to harbor his father, Yaser Said, inside an apartment in Bedford, Texas, where a maintenance worker spotted Yaser on August 14, 2017.
After the maintenance worker reported the sighting to the FBI, an agent was dispatched to interview Islam, but Islam refused to cooperate, instead calling his uncle to say, ‘we have problem,’ prosecutors said.|He later harbored his father inside a home in Justin, Texas, that belonged to his cousin, the Justice Department revealed.
On August 25, 2020, FBI agents observed Islam Said and his uncle deliver grocery bags to the residence, then followed the men to a shopping center 20 miles away, were they dumped trash retrieved from the home.
Investigators said Yaser Said took his daughters for a ride in his taxicab on January 1, 2008, under the guise of taking them to get something to eat.
He drove them to Irving, Texas, where he allegedly shot both girls inside the taxicab outside a motel in the Dallas suburb. Amina was found shot twice in the chest. Sarah was shot nine times.
He drove them to Irving, Texas, where he allegedly shot both girls inside the taxicab outside a motel in the Dallas suburb of Irving. Police found their bodies after one of the girls called 911 from a cellphone and said she was dying
Police found their bodies after one of the girls called 911 from a cellphone 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 find the teens after the 7.33pm 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 the motel.
The girls’ bodies were in the cab, 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.
A police report at the time said a family member told investigators that the suspect threatened ‘bodily harm’ against Sarah for going on a date with a non-Muslim.
The story of the sisters’ murders is the subject of the 2014 award-winning documentary The Price of Honor, and it was also featured on an episode of the Investigation Discovery channel show Forbidden: Dying for Love.
In the documentary Ruth Trotter said: ‘Amina always knew that Yaser was going to murder her. It was just a question of when and where.’
Amina was dating Trotter’s son, Joseph, when she died, and Sarah also had a boyfriend, though both had tried to keep this from their father.
Their mother, Patricia Said, fled with her daughters in the week before their deaths because she was in ‘great fear for her life’.
‘Islam Said prioritized the whims of his father, an alleged killer, over justice for his own sisters. Thanks to the dogged work of the FBI and its law enforcement partners, however, Mr Said’s efforts were ultimately in vain,’ said US Attorney Prerak Shah.
‘We are grateful to the many agents and officers who worked to apprehend Mr. Said, along with his father and uncle. Sarah and Amina deserve justice.’
Yaser Said, the father, indicted by the state on capital murder charges, faces the death penalty.
Islam Said, the son, faces up to 30 years in prison when he’s sentenced in April.
Islam’s co-conspirator, his uncle Yassein Said, is set for trial on February 1.