Gail Gartrell, Great-Aunt to Sarah and Amina Said, Speaks About The “Honor Killing” Part 2

It is our desire to help you understand who Sarah and Amina Said were. We are honored to be able to share comments and memories from Gail Gartrell, their Great-Aunt.

Said Sisters

See the previous posts:

  • Honor Killing in Dallas
  • “The Story is Bigger Than an Honor Murder in Dallas or What Happens in Dallas Stays in Dallas; Who Knew?” by Dr. Phyllis Chesler
  • “Human Sacrifice in Dallas: No One Saved These Girls” by Dr. Phyllis Chesler
  • “Raging Muslim Taxi Drivers in North American Cities” by Dr. Phyllis Chesler
  • “Murderous Mothers. The Hidden Female Face of Honor Killing” by Dr. Phyllis Chesler
  • “Still Dead in Dallas. An Update on the Double Honor Murders” by Dr. Phyllis Chesler
  • FBI Calls Dallas Murder Case an ‘Honor Killing,’ Upsetting Muslim Group
  • Gail Gartrell, Great-Aunt to Sarah and Amina Said, Speaks About The “Honor Killing” Part 1.
  • Amina and Sarah, through the eyes of those they trusted most…friends!

    Since learning about the girls deaths, I have been blessed by meeting many of these girls closest friends. I must say, I am so impressed by each of these girls! They saw education as a way to freedom! They saw hidden relationships as the only way to get through each day. The rules were ever changing for Amina and Sarah as each day seemed to be guided by Yasser’s whim’s and the spying eyes of the brother, Islam! Many, have confided in me about how Islam or, Yasser would just pop up to spy on the girls. Truly, they knew no freedom in a country where we boast about our freedoms!

    Amina, was the most vocal about her desires. Amina desired to go to college and be a doctor. She would have graduated this past Spring, in the top ten of her class. She had scholarships and some, she never knew about! Had Amina been allowed to do as she desired, can you imagine the compassion she would have had? After all, she knew suffering well! I was told that Amina saw a crucifix and asked her friend why would that be put upon the wall? It was sad for her to see and she gently removed it from the wall as she could not bare to see this man suffering. Her friend, explained why the crucifix and what it meant. Amina understood but, still could not bare to see the sight of this man, on a cross! This told me that her heart was compassionate and sufferings of others bothered her to the core. I found this very interesting in that she had been treated so horribly and yet, Amina did not let her sufferings make her heart bitter. No, she was not going to be anything like her dad and those who thought as he did. Amina, did not want to hate! Amina, merely wanted to think for herself and in doing so, took much torture, physically and emotionally. I am so very proud of her for staying true to herself…even in the face of brutality!

    Both Amina and Sarah had told thier mom that they did not want a Muslim funeral if something happened! They said that they feared the burial sheet and the death shroud placed upon the face. Even so, these girls were buried as Muslim’s and in death sheets…they were under thier pajamas…you could see them and feel them! To this day, I cannot figure out why my neice had them buried in this manner after the girls requested not to be. They told her they wanted, “American” funerals. Her excuse to me about this….”I must honor my son too.” Well, her son was not the victim! The girls were and they should have been allowed to be buried as they wished. No, nothing was done to truly honor these girls!

    To appease my neices conscience, she allowed a Christian service which was held at the Muslim funeral home. This was the biggest mockery I have ever witnessed in my entire life! The microphones were turned off when the preacher began with prayer! No one, outside this very small room, with double caskets lining the walls could hear the minister. Then, Islam, their own brother got up and walked out of the funeral with the intent to stop this service. Luckily, a family member was able to get him outside and away from the rest of us.

    As the service ended, Islam was outside and one relative from the paternal side approached him. It did not turn out well…Islam went off and started screaming for all to leave and that this f’….ing funeral was over! This caused police officers to rise from thier cars with hands on the holster! That is how radical this boy got with his words. He even yanked away from an Imam who was trying to get him to settle down. There were no tears for his sister’s! Only anger and he allowed it to show! In fact, he had already proclaimed that both girls deserved what they got!

    Now, I ask you, how does a family function with all this hate? Did Islam ever love his sisters? Did they love him? How could they not resent a brother who reported every action to thier dad? Plus, knowing what it would bring down on his sisters? This has boggled my mind and I will never understand how a brother could say that his dad did a great job that night! Islam, is a homegrown terrorist and his teachings began with his own sisters! I understand that he is very much this way with his mom too. I suppose it matters little now as Islam has told his mother he never wants to see her nor, speak to her again! What did she do? The uncles have told him that she has been speaking to the media and such…which is a lie. Islam believes them and has turned on his mother. She has been faithful to Yasser’s wishes and to Islam’s demands and now, they have tried to turn Islam against her. They have succeeded and I feel that one day, she too will know his wrath as she will never be safe from her own son!

    I have begged my neice to tell all she knows and to come clean as I see her as an accomplice. She will never have peace in her life as long as she carries these deadly truths, in her heart…if she still has a heart? My neice has labeled me as a trouble maker and someone who wants 15 minutes of fame! She may call me what she wishes too but, I do not think collecting threats is a healthy way to get 15 minutes of fame!

    Truly, only she can bring justice for these girls but, to do so, I fear she would have to implicate herself too. Even so, I pray her heart is so pricked that she will have to come forth and tell truths in which only the Said’s hold!

    I will continue on as I feel up to this. I am recovering nicely but, am tired.

    In the Love of the Lord,
    Gail

    14 Responses to “Gail Gartrell, Great-Aunt to Sarah and Amina Said, Speaks About The “Honor Killing” Part 2”

    1. Raja23 says:

      Hey,

      I just wanted to let you know that I admire you and I really am concerned for your well-being. I have heard that you are getting threats from Yaser, Tissie, and Islam and I want to talk to you. I know this may be silly but I am truely upset about the deaths of these two beautiful girls. They had so much going for them. Please email me at ray.rachel@rocketmail.com

    2. Rob says:

      Dear Gail, you have my complete admiration and I offer my best wishes to you. I came across this post of yours having followed Rifqa Bary’s story, which I pray will end well. I was so upset to read about Amina and Sarah. As a dad I am simply at a loss to understand how a man can do such a terrible thing. I was led through internet links to Amina’s facebook. Poor child it’s all there, her dreams, her American teen way of life, I wept. I weep now just thinking about her and her dear sister Sarah.

      I pray that Muslims will feel deep in their hearts that there is something wrong going on with their religion. Just ask themselves honest questions.
      Realise that a true religion should never bring about the evils that are so prevalent and ubiquitous as seems the case with islam. (I cannot put a capital letter to that word).

      I was wondering, are you a convert to Christ, were you raised Muslim?
      It would be interesting to know a bit about your own experiences if so.
      God bless you, you have two angels in heaven who love you so much.
      Rob

    3. ashley yopp says:

      I Think That Amina and Sarah Said Are Very Nice Person Besides Their Father Named Yaser Said Because He Will Be Spend Of His Rest Life In Prison.

    4. Anonymous says:

      WELL I HOPE THAT BOTH ISLAM AND YASER ABDEL SAID WILL BE SHOT TO DEAT BECAUSE THEY MAKE US EGYPTIANS LOOK LIKE HEARTLESS JERKS
      r.i.p amina and sarah said BY THE WAY HAVE YOU TRIED LOOKING FOR YASER ABDEL SAID IN CAIRO EGYPT

    5. Anonymous says:

      WELL I HOPE THAT BOTH ISLAM AND YASER ABDEL SAID WILL BE SHOT TO DEAT BECAUSE THEY MAKE US EGYPTIANS LOOK LIKE HEARTLESS JERKS
      r.i.p amina and sarah said BY THE WAY HAVE YOU TRIED LOOKING FOR YASER ABDEL SAID IN CAIRO EGYPT AND ALSO IM EGYPTIAN TOO SO
      I BELI

    6. Anonymous says:

      WELL I HOPE THAT BOTH ISLAM AND YASER ABDEL SAID WILL BE SHOT TO DEAT BECAUSE THEY MAKE US EGYPTIANS LOOK LIKE HEARTLESS JERKS
      r.i.p amina and sarah said BY THE WAY HAVE YOU TRIED LOOKING FOR YASER ABDEL SAID IN CAIRO EGYPT AND ALSO IM EGYPTIAN TOO SO
      I BELIEVE WHAT THEY DID WAS MORALLY WRONG

    7. Anonymous says:

      SORRY ABOUT THE 1:45 MESSAGE LITTLE TYPO ACCIDENT

    8. Anonymous says:

      DEAR GAIL GARTRELL REALLY I HOPE THAT BOTH ISLAM AND YASER ABDEL SAID WILL BE SHOT TO DEATH REPEATEDLY BECAUSE THEY MAKE US EGYPTIANS LOOK LIKE HEARTLESS JERKS
      r.i.p amina and sarah said BY THE WAY HAVE YOU TRIED LOOKING FOR YASER ABDEL SAID IN CAIRO EGYPT AND ALSO IM PART EGYPTIAN TOO SO
      I BELIEVE WHAT YASER ABDEL SAID DID WAS MORALLY WRONG

    9. Anonymous says:

      ALSO Islam SAID SHOULD JUMP OFF A DANG CLIFF FOR BEING SO MEAN TO HIS SISTERS

    10. Anonymous says:

      ANYWAY I’M SORRY THAT THOSE POOR GIRLS AMINA AND SARAH SAID DIED THEY ARE IN HEAVEN NOW BUT AT LEAST THEIR FINALLY SAFE FROM THEIR BRAINDEAD FATHER AND BROTHER ALSO I BELIEVE IT WAS WRONG FOR YASER SAID TO KILL AMINA AND SARAH BECAUSE UNLIKE HIM I HAVE A HEART AND IM A LOVING AND NICE PERSON

    11. Anonymous says:

      ANYWAY I\’M SORRY THAT THOSE POOR GIRLS AMINA AND SARAH SAID DIED THEY ARE IN HEAVEN NOW BUT AT LEAST THEIR FINALLY SAFE FROM THEIR BRAINDEAD FATHER AND BROTHER ALSO I BELIEVE IT WAS WRONG FOR YASER SAID TO KILL AMINA AND SARAH BECAUSE UNLIKE HIM I HAVE A HEART AND IM A LOVING AND NICE PERSON

    12. Anonymous says:

      THANK YOU FOR READING I HOPE YOU TAKE MY ADVICE :PLEASE LOOK FOR YASER ABDEL SAID IN CAIRO EGYPT
      P.S TISSY SAID YOU ARE THE WORST PARENT IN HISTORY YOU AND YOUR DAUGHTERS AMINA AND SARAH SHOULD HAVE STAYED IN KANSAS AWAY FROM YASER SAID BECAUSE IF YOU DID BOTH AMINA AND SARAH WOULD HAVE BEEN STILL ALIVE TODAY HOW DARE YOU SHAME ON YOU LADY

    13. Anonymous says:

      THANK YOU FOR READING I HOPE YOU TAKE MY ADVICE :PLEASE LOOK FOR YASER ABDEL SAID IN CAIRO EGYPT
      P.S TISSY SAID YOU ARE THE WORST PARENT IN HISTORY YOU AND YOUR DAUGHTERS AMINA AND SARAH SHOULD HAVE STAYED IN KANSAS AWAY FROM YASER SAID BECAUSE IF YOU DID BOTH AMINA AND SARAH WOULD HAVE BEEN STILL ALIVE TODAY HOW DARE YOU SHAME ON YOU LADY YOU FAILED MISERABLY AT PARENTING

    14. Anonymous says:

      one last thing if yaser abdel said is not in Cairo Egypt then please check other cities in egypt to search for him thank you bye-bye

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