Parents, brother charged in Kingston canal deaths
The circumstances of the mysterious deaths four women found in a car in the Rideau Canal on June 30 are starting to be revealed. Three members of their immediate family have been charged with their murders. The parents and the brother of the teenaged girls have been charged in Kingston with the canal deaths.
Police were mystified at the time as to how the car could have fallen into the Rideau Canal as there were numerous and redundant safety devices to prevent such an occurance.
The girls' father, mother and brother all face four counts of first-degree murder each. The four bodies were discovered on June 30 in the Rideau Canal.
The victims are 19-year-old Zainab Shafi and her sisters Sahar, 17, and Geeti, 13. The fourth victim is Rona Amir Mohammed, who was revealed to be Shafi's first wife. She was previously described as a cousin.
Police allege that the parents and their son all operated the car which was dumped in the canal, and that the father lied when he told police the deaths occurred by accident during a family vacation.
The family originally lived in Afghanistan and subsequently moved to Dubai, then moved to Canada. Cultural mores may have motivated the murders.