All of Canada was in shock last Thursday when police in Kingston, Ontario, announced they were charging the mother, father and 18-year-old son of an Afghan family with killing four people. While horrifying enough, the news that stunned Canadians the most was the identity of their innocent victims: their own three daughters and the Muslim husband's first wife.
"The victims' lives were cut short by their own family," said Kingston police chief, Stephen Tanner, who described his police force as "greatly saddened" at the "needless and senseless loss of human life." Charged with murder and conspiracy to commit murder are father Mohammad Shafi, mother Tooba Mohammad Shafi and a son, Hamed Mohammed Shafi. The three accused were arrested last Wednesday morning when on their way to the airport in Montreal where they lived.
Zainab Shafi, 19, Sahar Shafi, 17, Geeti Shafi, 13, all sisters, and Rona Amir Mohammed, 50, were found dead three weeks ago in a black Nissan Sentra at the bottom of Canada's famous Rideau Canal in three meters of water. Initially, the police were suspicious of their deaths but found no evidence of foul play.