Thursday, February 25, 2010
Revisiting the Death Penalty
"...Three month old [Zara Malani-Lin Abdur-Raheem] was allegedly taken from her grandmother's arms...when Shamsid-Din Abdur-Raheem assaulted the elderly woman, punching and choking her before snatching his daughter and speeding off in his car. The 21-year-old also may have struck the elderly women with the vehicle during his flight.
After allegedly dropping his daughter in the river, Abdur-Raheem drove to an Atlantic City mosque, Masjid Muhammad, and confessed to an imam, according to authorities and the suspect’s father, Muhsin Abdur-Raheem. Abdur-Raheem then traveled to another mosque in Camden County and, ultimately, to his father’s home in Winslow. It was Muhsin Abdur-Raheem who notified police his son was there.
The 21-year-old then told local police he pulled over on the Driscoll Bridge sometime during rush hour, and dropped his infant daughter into the icy Raritan River..." (source)
I hate this story. For days I haven't been able to get little Zara's face out of my mind. Why can't parents love their kids just a little more than they hate their exes?! Who could throw their 3 month old into a February river...off a bridge. ANY 3 month old. Osama Bin Laden's baby...a dog or a kitten even? Please let a jury send Shamsid-Din Abdur-Raheem home to Allah.
RIP little Zara.