What an awful story.
Two Saudi teens — Tala Farea, 16, and Rotana Farea, 22 — who had been living in Fairfax, Va. were found duct-taped together in the Hudson River on Tuesday after their bodies washed ashore on Manhattan’s Upper West Side neighborhood:
— ABC News (@ABC) October 31, 2018
The NYPD is investigating but won’t say that a crime took place yet:
“We do not know that a crime took place. We have a terrible tragedy for sure,” said Dermot F. Shea, the chief of detectives, after 2 Saudi Arabian sisters were found dead in the Hudson River with their waists and ankles duct-taped together. https://t.co/00FpFK3qEX
— NYT Metro (@NYTMetro) October 30, 2018
According to reports, the two were seeking political asylum in the U.S.:
Two Saudi sisters found dead and bound together in Hudson River had sought political asylum https://t.co/ZfGe7jn6oV
— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) October 31, 2018
And according to reports, the day before the gruesome discovery in the Hudson, an official at the Saudi Arabian Embassy ordered the girls’ mother to send them back home because they had just applied for asylum:
2 Saudi sisters found dead in NY river: “the day before the bodies were discovered, (their mother) received a call from an official at the Saudi Arabian Embassy, ordering the family to leave the U.S. because her daughters had applied for political asylum” https://t.co/TokdKPiuoc
— Niraj Warikoo (@nwarikoo) October 31, 2018
Holy s*it, to put it mildly:
Not to put too fine a point on it, per AP’s report, the Saudi Embassy in the United States urged a Virginia mother to leave the country because her daughters had “applied for asylum” here, according to her. A day later her daughters’ bodies were found taped together a river.
— southpaw (@nycsouthpaw) October 31, 2018
The Saudi Consulate General has appointed a lawyer to oversee the investigation on their end:
Based on HRH Amb @Kbsalsaud 's direction, the Embassy has been following the case of the two Saudi sisters who lost their lives in the Hudson River with @KSAconsulateNY , @StateDept and local authorities. The investigations are pending and the consulate has appointed a lawyer. https://t.co/BtTrZ9YqNs
— Fatimah S Baeshen (@FatimahSBaeshen) October 30, 2018
According to the report above, the girls were with their brother in Washington. So, where’s he right now?
— Gulf Daily News (@GDNonline) October 31, 2018
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