Jamal Mansour pleaded guilty to shooting his daughter to death, saying he felt she was disrespecting him.
Mansour, 64, of Cleveland, shot his youngest child, 27-year old Tahani, a pharmacist, once in the side of her face and again in back of her head as she slept in the family home.
The two continually argued about her messy room and her late nights. Tahami, the youngest of seven children,
had a non-Muslim boyfriend whom she had kept a secret from her father, fearing the consequences of disclosing such information.
“When she was with him, she had to pretend like she was with other people. She was worried about what would happen if he found out,” said County Prosecutor Andrew Rogalski.
However, before the honor killing when her father was on a trip abroad, Tahani had not slept at home – information her father had found out.
The night of the shooting, Tahani had come home after midnight. The two had argued. During the confrontation, Tahani “brushed him off” and went to bed.
It was then that Mansour took a gun he took with him when he made large bank deposits for his business and went to Tahani’s room.
“If she doesn’t respect me, then she’ll respect this,” Jamal later told the police.
Mansour pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and felonious assault and was sentenced 22 years in prison.
Based on statistics culled in 2015, there are an estimated 23-27 recorded honor killings in the United States annually. The Department of Justice says honor killings in the U.S. are a growing problem.
Mansour can be seen crying during the sentencing saying, asking for forgiveness and saying he wished he were the one dead: