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Jihad Hassan MOUKALLED

 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

   
 
 
Classification: Mass murderer
Characteristics: Parricide - Gambling debts
Number of victims: 4
Date of murders: November 21, 2000
Date of birth: 1958
Victims profile: His pregnant wife, Fatima, 31; daughter Aya, 7; son Adam, 5; and daughter Lila, 3
Method of murder: Suffocation / Shooting
Location: Farmington Hills, Michigan, USA
Status: Committed suicide by shooting himself the same day
 
 
 
 
 
 

A Michigan man suffocated his three children and shoot his pregnant wife before killing himself over gambling debts surpasing hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Jihad Hassan Moukalled, 42, scribbled a suicide note found on the kitchen counter of their two-story suburban saying: "I never ever had a bad intent toward anyone. I think that I was gripped by the hope of 'one more shot.' I did not know how else to escape what I got myself into. It is over."

The victims were identified as his wife, Fatima, 31; daughter Aya, 7; son Adam, 5; and daughter Lila, who would have turned 3 within five days.

Police Chief William Dwyer said Moukalled's Oak Park printing business had amassed $500,000 in debts because Moukalled withdrew the money to cover his gambling. Three credit cards found inside the house carried $60,000 in debt, Dwyer said. "Over the past two years, he's been making weekly trips to Las Vegas and Atlantic City, gambling large sums of money," Dwyer said. "According to a statement by one of the relatives, he was gambling all over the place."

On November 22 Moukalled returned home at 4 a.m. from Las Vegas. During the three-day trip, police said Moukalled had asked his business to deposit $85,000 into a bank account with hopes the money could be transferred to a Las Vegas casino. The bank wouldn't honor the check.

Police said he killed his family after returning home, suffocating the children as they slept in their beds. There were signs in the master bedroom of a struggle with his wife, police said.

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Father Kills Self, Family Over Debt

Police: Father Kills Himself, Wife, Children Over Gambling Debt

By Jim Suhr - ABC News

Nov. 21, 2000

A man who came home from Las Vegas distraught over gambling debts killed his pregnant wife and three children, then shot himself to death, police said today.

A maid found the bodies in their beds in the family’s neat brick home in this Detroit suburb shortly after noon.

A suicide note left open and held down with salt and pepper shakers was found on the kitchen counter.

In it, 42-year-old Jihad Hassan Moukalled expressed remorse about gambling debts and “clearly indicated he was sorry he had to take the lives of his wife and children,” Police Chief William Dwyer said.

The victims were identified as his wife, Fatima, 31; daughter Aya, 7; son Adam, 5; and daughter Lila, who would have turned 3 on Saturday.

Struggling Business Dwyer said Moukalled, who owns an Oak Park printing business, put his gambling debts at close to $100,000, “but I’m sure it’s much higher.”

“Over the past two years, he’s been making weekly trips to Las Vegas and Atlantic City, gambling large sums of money,” Dwyer said. “According to a statement by one of the relatives, he was gambling all over the place.”

Moukalled had returned home at 4 a.m. today from a three-day trip to Las Vegas.

The parents apparently were shot to death with a gun found in the man’s hands, Dwyer said. The children appeared to have been suffocated.

Brenda Williams, a next-door neighbor, said Moukalled had told her husband in recent weeks that his business had been struggling. Dwyer said the company amassed $500,000 in debts.

The family was last seen Monday night by the maid when she left the house.