Saudi Suicide Sisters Case Linked to Islamic Honor-Killing Ideology

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Police combed the crime scene where the Farea sisters' remains washed ashore after their drowning deaths in October. Though bound together at their feet and middle, their deaths were ruled suicides. The Saudi Arabian embassy denied reports that the sisters were ordered to return to Saudi Arabia. They ran away several times from their family's home in Virginia, where they had not lived since the end of 2017. (ABC News photo)

Yahoo News – Two Saudi sisters whose bodies were found taped together on the banks of a New York river committed suicide, the city’s medical examiner said on Tuesday.

Rotana Farea, 22, and her sister Tala, 16, were found beside the Hudson River in late October with no visible signs of trauma, dressed all in black, and in coats with fur-trimmed collars. They were tied together at the ankles and waist by duct tape.

“My office determined that the death of the Farea sisters was the result of suicide, in which the young women bound themselves together before descending into the Hudson River,” Chief Medical Examiner Barbara Sampson said.

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