8Shafia Family Murders, Kingston, Ontario
Rona Amir Mohammed (bottom right) was the infertile first wife of Mohammad Shafia (top middle), a Pakistani-UAE real estate tycoon who settled in Montreal in 2007. After Mohammad Shafia’s second wife (top left) gave birth to seven children, Rona became something of a house slave. The Shafias reportedly held all
of Rona’s identity documents and her passport while her husband refused her a divorce and kept her in an abusive relationship. While marital tensions grew, eldest daughter Zainab also became an increasing disappointment to her father due to her relationship with a Pakistani boy.
In June 2009, authorities recovered the bodies of 50 year-old Rona and daughters 19 year-old Zainab, 17 year-old Sahar and 13 year-old Geeti from a black Nissan Sentra submerged in a lock of the Rideau Canal in Kingston, Ontario. While Mohammed had reported them missing, a police investigation discovered the Shafia family Lexus had rammed the Nissan into the lock, landing Mohammed, second wife Tooba Yahya, and 20 year-old son Hamed 25 years each for first degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder in the guise of honour killing. The remaining 3 children were sent to social services.