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January 16, 2005

Coptic Family Murdered in New Jersey

Filed under: — Different River @ 10:32 pm

Lest anyone think that Muslim extremists murder only random Americans and random Jews in Israel, we have this story from Jersey City, New Jersey, USA, in which an Egyptian Coptic Christian family was brutally murdered in their own home after receiving threats online from local Muslim extremists. Hossam Armanious, 47, his wife Amal Garas, and their daughters Sylvia and Monica were found brutally stabbed to death in their home.

Via PowerLine via JihadWatch via the New York Post:

The father of a murdered New Jersey family was threatened for making anti-Muslim remarks online — and the gruesome quadruple slaying may have been the hateful retaliation, sources told The Post yesterday.

Hossam Armanious, 47, who along with his wife and two daughters was found stabbed to death in his Jersey City home early Friday, would regularly debate religion in a Middle Eastern chat room, one source said.

Armanious, an Egyptian Christian, was well known for expressing his Coptic beliefs and engaging in fiery back-and-forth with Muslims on the Web site paltalk.com.

He “had the reputation for being one of the most outspoken Egyptian Christians,” said the source, who had close ties to the family.

The source, who had knowledge of the investigation, refused to specify the anti-Muslim statement. But he said cops told him they were looking into the exchanges as a possible motive.

The married father of two had recently been threatened by Muslim members of the Web site, said a fellow Copt and store clerk who uses the chat room.

“You’d better stop this bull—- or we are going to track you down like a chicken and kill you,” was the threat, said the clerk, who was online at the time and saw the exchange.

But Armanious refused to back down, according to two sources who use the Web site.

Armanious’ fervor apparently rubbed off on his daughter, Sylvia — who would have turned 16 yesterday.

“She was very religious and very opinionated,” said Jessica Cimino, 15, a fellow sophomore at Dickenson HS.

A family member who viewed photos of the bloodbath said Sylvia seemed to have taken the most savage punishment.

“When we saw the pictures, you could tell that they were hurt really, really bad in the face; especially Sylvia,” said Milad Garas, the high-school sophomore’s great-uncle.

The heartless killer not only slit Sylvia’s throat, but also sliced a huge gash in her chest and stabbed her in the wrist, where she had a tattoo of a Coptic cross.

Also found murdered were the wife, Amal Garas, and the parents’ other daughter, Monica.

More comments from JihadWatch here.

3 Responses to “Coptic Family Murdered in New Jersey”

  1. Concerned Christian Says:

    I think that this attack is absouletly disgusting, and the Muslim extremists should be caught
    and punished to the full extent of the law. This also shows the dangers which extreme Muslims
    pose to society, and should be dealt with before any more attacks happen.

  2. Waseem Mehar Says:

    Well i wouldn’t assume a Muslim did it automatically, in Connecticut here, there has been brutal murders almost in the same manner just for the sake of robbery/burglary… To be quite honest, there hardly any mu slims in New Jersey last time i checked, my father had to go to mosque in New York because of the scarcity. I doubt a store clerk has the the technological capabilities of tracking down a family over a public online chat forum. However, let the perpetrator not escape Judgment in this life or the next… wait just read the update.. looks like it was a robbery..

  3. Different River Says:

    If it had been a robbery, perhaps something would have been stolen.

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