Reader Tom Pechinski points out that the ABC television affiliate in New York has reported another possible terrorist connection in the horrifying case of the family of Coptic Christians who had their throats cut after the father argued with Muslims on a web site:
ABC News has learned that a cousin of the slain family has been a translator working for the prosecution in the trial of Lynne Stewart. She is the radical lawyer accused of smuggling messages from imprisoned Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman, to terrorist cell members and associates.
The first report on the murder said that the family’s valuables were found in the home, so that robbery did not appear to be a possible motive. Today’s story, on the other hand, says that no cash or jewelry was found in the home.
A funeral was held for the Armanious family in Jersey City today; more than 2,000 people attended. Scuffles broke out as many in the crowd of mourners blamed Muslim terrorists for the murders. The photo below shows the funeral procession with the caskets of Hossam Armanious, his 37-year-old wife, Amal Garas, and their daughters, Sylvia, 15, and Monica, 8.
And this is Monica, the eight-year-old who was repeatedly stabbed and whose throat was slit by the murderers: