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Muslim 'honor killing' in North Carolina

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Last weekend, police in Rocky Mount arrested Jihad Hamdan, 26, after he reportedly stabbed his wife to death in the apartment they shared with their three children.

Around 10 p.m., Saturday, emergency personnel responded to the family's condominium in the 200 block of Pintail Lane, and found 23-year-old Alia Harbi Odeh severely wounded.

Odeh was transported to Nash General Hospital, where she was soon pronounced dead.

WRAL reported:

We started hearing yelling – it sounded female – and my husband got up and looked out the front door and noticed that – I believe it was the young lady's mother yelling hysterical," said Sally Jones, who lives next to the couple.

Though he fled the bloody scene, Hamdan turned himself in to police a few hours after the deadly attack.

Hamdan was charged with first-degree murder, and is currently being held without bond at the Nash County Detention Center.

So far, police have been very tight-lipped about this murder, saying only that the crime was related to "domestic violence."

While so-called 'honor killings' are commonplace throughout the Muslim world, such crimes are still rather rare in this country, though there have been a few over the last several years...

-On New Years Day 2008, in Irving, TX, Amina Said, 18, and her sister Sarah, 17, were allegedly shot to death by their father Yaser, in an apparent “honor killing.” Amina had been accepted to Texas A&M University, and was planning to become a doctor.

Their father was enraged because the two girls had boyfriends.

Shortly after the murders, the girls’ aunt, Gail Gartrell, told reporters, "This was an honor killing." She claimed that Yaser Said had been physically abusing the girls, and upon discovering the pair had boyfriends, he had threatened to kill them. Their mother took the girls and ran. "She ran with them," said Gartrell, "because she knew he would carry out the threat."

Yaser Said is still at large.

-May 2008, in Henrietta, NY, when Fauzia Mohammad, 19, was stabbed multiple times by her brother, Waheed Allah Mohammad, because she wore non-traditional clothing and planned to attend college.

Her brother told investigators that he did it because his sister was a "bad Muslim."

-July 2008, in Atlanta, GA, Sandeela Kanwal was strangled to death by her father, Chaudry Rashid, after she filed for divorce from her husband. She wanted to leave the arranged marriage, after having not seen her husband for several months.

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