INSIDE EDITION Investigates An Honor Killing
The Taliban shooting of a 14-year-old girl in Pakistan while she was on board her school bus has outraged the world. The child was targeted because she spoke out in favor of education for girls. Meanwhile, in this country, the hunt continues for a man
It's a desperate call to 911 for help, as two beautiful sisters were brutally shot to death in a taxi cab.
"Oh my god! Not again, not again...stop it! Stop it!," screamed one of the sisters.
As she cries in pain, the young teen manages to identify the shooter.
"Help! Help! My dad shot me, my sister, help! And now I'm dying!" She pleads on the 911 call.
She said the man opening fire on her is her own father!
Family members say Sarah and Amina Said were murdered by their father, a Dallas cab driver named Yaser Said, in a horrific "honor killing." It's an ancient practice in which men kill female relatives in the name of family honor.
"I knew why he did it," said Gail Gartrell, the teen's great aunt. "In his mind, they forced him to have to do this in order to cleanse his family name."
She claims Said was upset his teenage girls had become too Westernized, like their American mother Patricia, who was born and raised in Texas.
Said, an immigrant from Egypt met and married Patricia when she was only 15 years old; he was 30.
Gail says Said was a control freak, and showed a crazy obsession with his two beautiful daughters, following them everywhere with his video camera.
"Will you stop videotaping me already," Sarah is seen saying to her father on home video tape obtained by INSIDE EDITION.
"They were like property, not daughters," Gail said.
Said taped them in their bedrooms while the girls were sleeping. He would even make comments to daughters that most people would consider inappropriate, like "nice legs".
Gail said when Said learned his teenage girls had begun dating boys who were not Muslim, he snapped.
Said reportedly told his daughters he was taking them somewhere to eat, instead he drove them in his cab to a luxury hotel outside of Dallas. That's when cops say he pulled out a gun and started firing.
Nearly five years later, Said is still at large and one of the FBI's most wanted fugitives.
Police do not consider the girl's mother a suspect and she told INSIDE EDITION she was abused during their marriage. But, Gail still believes she bears some responsibility for the girls’ deaths because she convinced the girls to return home after they had run away.
"I believe she was in on it," Gail said.
Patricia denied any involvement when INSIDE EDITION's Lisa Guerrero caught up with her outside her home in Dallas.
"Why in the world would you bring your two daughters back into his vicinity?" Guerrero asked Patricia.
"Because I didn't think he would do something like that," Patricia said.
Private Detective Bill Warner, who has been following the case, believes Said may be living under the radar somewhere in the New York City area.
That's because Said's brother lives in a small town about an hour outside the city.
Warner believes Said may be driving a cab, working the city's airports.
"Why is that?" Guerrero asked Warner.
"That's all he's ever known," Warner said. "Yaser Said has only ever worked as a cab driver for the last 25 years. That is his only profession."
We brought Warner to one of New York's airports to follow up on some of his leads in the case, asking a number of cab drivers if they recognized photos of Said.
One cab driver told INSIDE EDITION’s Guerrero he may have seen Said driving a cab at Newark Airport.
"Last year you think you've seen him?" Guerrero asked the cab driver.
"Yeah, I think I've seen him before," the taxi driver said.
He even pointed out one of Said's most recognizable accessories - his sunglasses.
"Yeah, they say he wears the glasses all the time," Guerrero told the cab driver.
Warner believes Said may be driving a cab, working the city's airports. "This man is a danger. He is a threat to society," said Warner.
Gail Gartrell agrees. "Once you shed blood, your own family's blood, I would think that would be easy for him to do that again.”
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