Left to right: Mohammed Shafia, Hamid Mohammed Shafia and Tooba Mohammad Yahya have been charged with four counts of first-degree murder and four counts of conspiracy to commit murder, Kingston police said at a news conference Thursday. Photograph by: Canwest News Service
From The Montreal Gazette:
KINGSTON – A St. Léonard couple allegedly began making plans to kill their three daughters, along with the husband’s first wife, weeks before the bodies of all four victims were found in a car submerged in the Rideau Canal.
Mohammad Shafia, 56, his wife Tooba Mohammad Yahya, 39, and their eldest son, Hamed Shafia, 18, all face first-degree murder charges in the deaths, which came to light last month after a Nissan Sentra was discovered in the canal near the Kingston Mills Locks. Conspiracy charges filed at the Kingston courthouse Thursday reveal investigators believe plans to commit the killings were hatched as far back as May 1, long before the family travelled to Niagara Falls. The deaths occurred during the return trip to Montreal.
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Relative says deaths were 'sabotage' -- Toronto Star
Four women gone forever: Kingston canal car deaths timeline -- National Post
It's no accident that victims were all female -- Globe And Mail
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