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Gelareh Bagherzadeh, 30, was found slumped over the wheel of her car after being shot in the head on the wealthy housing estate in Houston where her family lived.
The vehicle crashed into the door of a garage and when officers arrived they found its engine still running and the tires spinning.
Ms Bagherzadeh was apparently speaking on her mobile to an ex-boyfriend at the time of her death, who heard what may have been her final moments.
Gelareh Bagherzadeh: Murdered in Houston
Anti-IRI activist shot in her car
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A woman was found shot and killed in her vehicle near the Galleria early Monday. Houston police said the shooting happened on August Drive near Sugar Hill Drive early Monday. According to investigators, someone walked up to the passenger's side of 30-year-old Gelareh Bagherzadeh's car and shot her in the head. Bagherzadeh's body was found inside her running car, which crashed into a garage, detectives said. "We don't know if she was being followed at the time," Sgt. Richard Bolton said. Officers said Bagherzadeh's ex-boyfriend was on the phone with her when he heard what may have been the crash and gunshots. "He said she screamed for her life," said Lorena Lopez, one of Bagherzadeh's close friends. "He heard screeching and he assumed it was a car accident." The ex-boyfriend was questioned, but is not considered a suspect.
from Ghormeh Sabzi
Not so fast!
by Rastgoo on Tue Jan 17, 2012 04:01 PM PST
This is very sad. But every crime must have a motive. Why would the IRI bother to assassinate someone that is not a huge opposition figure? Think about it if they want to take the risk of carrying out a political assassination in a country that is itching to attack Iran, why pick her? Why not pick Sazegara or Amir Arjomand or Vahedi? They're walking around without any protection. It just doesn't add up. I think this is probably a non-sanctioned murder by an IRI supporter or some other disgruntled person. May be she was fighting off some of her American detractors who just want to bomb eye-ran. I did that when I was in college in the 80's but luckily never got shot! I would bet that was the case. Arguing with some racist red neck who was calling for the bombing of her homeland. I'm pretty sure they'll catch the culprit since it was not a professional job. God bless her soul.
by Siavash300 on Tue Jan 17, 2012 01:41 PM PST
We don't know the motive of this murder, but it doesn't seem to be politically motivated. Here is some number about Houston homocide rate. The owner of that restaurant who has poster against Iranian may hired someone to do this crime. Who know? FBI should check that guy status as well.
Houston's murder rate ranked 46th of U.S. cities with a population over 250,000 in 2005 (per capita rate of 16.3 murders per 100,000 population). In 2010, the city's murder rate (per capita rate of 11.8 murders per 100,000 population) was ranked sixth among U.S. cities with a population of over 750,000 (behind New York City, Chicago, Detroit, Philadelphia, and Los Angeles) according to the FBI.
My condolence to her family and friends.
by Cyrus Virus on Tue Jan 17, 2012 01:28 PM PST
Everyone here is quick to believe that this was a professional "hit." Has it not occurred to anyone, that this also could have been a racially motivated "hate crime," based on her ethnicity and national origin? Middle Eastern folks are not too popular in the U.S right now, and this young woman was Middle Eastern. I really hope law enforcement is checking in on that angle...
Once a week I am blessed with an opportunity to watch Iranian Diaspora’s satellite television in all its anachronistic glory. The programs are often replete with heavy doses of nostalgia dripping with hubris.
Flipping through the channels it is almost a certainty to find at least one lamenting broadcaster preaching the infallibility of the Aryan race and the utter disgrace that the “Arab invasion” has inflicted upon Iran and Iranians. Others watching with me almost unanimously agree with the broadcaster but then ironically at the first opportunity they head off to say their noon prayers!
DEMOCRACY AND GOVERNANCE
USAID supports Egyptian programs aimed at strengthening the administration of justice and improving access to justice for women and disadvantaged groups; promoting decentralization of fiscal, political and administrative governance; promoting more competitive and transparent electoral processes; and strengthening the organizational and advocacy capabilities of civil society organizations. USAID is proud to have helped the Government of Egypt achieve the following milestones:
Reduced opportunities for corruption and increased transparency and operational efficiency in 13 of Egypt’s 29 governorates through the successful piloting of court automation in eight courts throughout the country, and development of the software which allowed the Government of Egypt to independently automate an additional five courts;
Providing legal and professional training to 3,000 judges and staff, including a comprehensive training program for the first female judges ever appointed to the Courts of First Instance;
Improvement of mediation and counseling services through training for mediation staff and family court judges, and grants to local non-governmental organizations, collectively benefitting approximately 16,000 children and 8,700 families;
Training 600 of the nation’s 4,000 prosecutors on defendants’ legal rights and developing a legal data base and a handbook on the right to counsel for use by prosecutors nationwide, helping to ensure that new legislation is meaningfully implemented;
Production of a national strategy for decentralization, and implementation of pilot models in Assiut, Qena, and Beheira governorates to increase local revenues and citizen involvement;
Supporting more than 100 joint community-local government initiatives to solve local problems and providing civic education and leadership training to more than 47,000 women, students and youth across the country;
Protecting human rights through the establishment of Child Protection Committees in all 29 governorates across the country, a nationwide human rights education campaign and the distribution of 180,000 children’s books on human rights;
Provision of training to more than 2,000 media professionals combined with strengthening six media training institutions in Cairo;
Increasing access to local news and information, through launching of the country’s first weekly supplement in a national paper in Alexandria, and increasing readership of a local paper by 50 percent in Minya;
Developing a trained cadre of more than 13,000 local election observers nationwide and supporting the issuance of 1,250 national identification and voting cards to facilitate citizen participation in national and local elections.
For more information, contact the USAID/Egypt Public Outreach Office at
tel: (202) 2522-6557 or visit egypt.usaid.gov...
BACKGROUND: ’Dirty and seamless’: Egypt’s torture is our torture (Chris Hedges)
In a report on the American outsourcing of terror, author Chris Hedges noted Monday that one of the front corporations used by the U.S. national security state to ’render’ torture victims to Egypt