Times are changing, my friends.
New York Daily News—A Texas man was indicted for the killing of a medical student and outspoken Iranian activist whom he allegedly blamed for influencing his daughter to marry without his permission.
Christian Convert Gelareh Bagherzadeh
Ali Mahwood-Awad Irsan, 56, was being held in federal custody after a grand jury indicted him Thursday for shooting Gelareh Bagherzadeh, 30, outside her parents’ Galleria townhouse in January 2012, authorities said.
It was not immediately clear what charges Irsan — of Conroe, located about 40 miles north of Houston — faced.
Investigators did not reveal a motive for the killing, but those close to Bagherzadeh told the Houston Chronicle that Irsan, a devout Muslim, suspected the Christian convert had influenced his daughter, Nesreen, to drift apart from her family.
Irsan was allegedly angry that his Jordanian-American daughter married 28-year-old Coty Beavers without his approval.
“He had a very fundamentalist interpretation of Islam and believed that (Nesreen) was supposed to marry a guy that he chooses,” Beavers’ twin brother, Cody, told the paper.
And 11 months after Bagherzadeh — a molecular genetic technology student at the University of Texas — was killed, Coty Beavers was shot and killed inside the Harris County apartment that he shared with his wife.
No arrests had been made in that killing, but relatives say they suspect the two deaths were connected.
“My brother told lots of people that if he was ever murdered, it’s Ali Irsan,” the brother said. “He was pretty worried about it.” (Continue Reading.)