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Gelareh Bagherzadeh: Murdered in Houston

Anti-IRI activist shot in her car

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click2houston.com: 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 >>> watch video

17-Jan-2012
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Veiled Prophet of Khorasan

With friends ...

by Veiled Prophet of Khorasan on

 

by a close male friend who grabbed her by the hair and forced her to kiss him several times.

Is that a "friend" with that who needs enemies! If someone did this to my daughter I'd kick his a*** to kingdom come. No matter if I have to use my walker and cane. I am shocked they call this guy a "friend" of her.


Siavash300

Thanks Faramarz. Looks like crime of passion.

by Siavash300 on

Another lead, thanks Faramarz. The article pinpoints an incident occured about 2 years ago. First it was early in the morning,most likely saturday night. That says the victim was outgoing person and possibly romantically challenged. My guess is the police knows who did it and waiting for more evidence and proof to come to surface.


Faramarz

More on the Story

by Faramarz on

To me this looks like an old boyfriend or love interest gone crazy. Here is a clue.

"According to an HPD report, almost two years ago, on Feb. 7, 2010 at
1:45 a.m., Bagherzadeh was assaulted along the 8100 block of the Katy
Freeway by a close male friend who grabbed her by the hair and forced
her to kiss him several times. The friend was cleared of charges at the
time, but the police are hoping to speak with him."

http://houston.culturemap.com/newsdetail/01-19-12-...

 


Veiled Prophet of Khorasan

Regarding Leads

by Veiled Prophet of Khorasan on

 

Police are not going to give away their plans. The only thing that may be true is when they say someone is not a suspect. That is done to prevent a person who they consider innocent from getting flack. 

But just because they say no does not mean they do not have any. They may also have instructions from above to keep it down. Who knows?


Siavash300

My heart goes to the family, especially to the mother

by Siavash300 on

There are some leads. The fact that she was in passenger side once police arrived,  so somebody should have been driving the car. Who that person was? Was she agitated or calm when she was talking to ex-boyfriend or friend? The fact that car was cruising on the back of the house which appeared to be odd in the eye of investigator, therefore we can conclude there was a long conflict and possibly physical wrestling prior shooting occured. The fact that she was on the phone with ex boy friend or whoever. For how long conversation took place and what was the content of conversation. That is the big lead. The subject of conversation with ex could reveal so many facts. Any trace of DNA for the suspect?  DNA on hair is the most common one to detect the murder. Any finger print on the body of the car? How about pistol that was used. What type of pistol. ? Has it been discovered? any DNA on the pistol if it was discoverd.? There are so many sides of the story that we don't know and could be revealed once the suspect get arrested.


Ari Siletz

Odd ABC report!

by Ari Siletz on

Houston Police Department spokesman Victor Senties, says

 

 "We still have absolutely no leads on this and we still need the public's assistance."

But later he says,

"'It's not believed that she was targeted because of her ethnicity or because she was an activist."

How would he know that Gelareh's ethnicity or activism aren't possible motives for her being targeted if there are still "absolutely no leads?" 


vildemose

This is a payback for

by vildemose on

This is a payback for killing that Basiji Chemist...

A state of war only serves as an excuse for domestic tyranny.--Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn.


default

Arthimis/Suggestion

by NajafVisitor on

It's clear now that she was not killed for money or hijaking her car... So judging by the professional execution of this criminal act, it leaves no other possibility other than an assassination!

But there is another possibility - it could be a crime of passion.

She was killed when driving near her home, after midnight, whilst on the phone to her ex-boyfriend. Police have stated that they wish to interview her current boyfriend, and other friends and associates.

It is quite common for women to be killed as a result of dramas in their personal relationships. Who knows - it may or may not be the case here. But one cannot rule it out.


Ari Siletz

$5000 reward offered for info on murder

by Ari Siletz on

"Investigators say they are ruling nothing out as a motive. Along with
Bagherzadeh’s activism, they are looking at past and present
relationships.


'That’s one of the questions: does she have enemies? Was there anyone
that had just threatened her prior to the incident?” said HPD Sgt. J.C.
Padilla. “We want to know about those types of things because we want
to talk to anyone who may have threatened her.'"

From source.


Arash Kamangir

sounds like hate crime

by Arash Kamangir on

I am not sure if this has been done by IR even though the list of murdered activists by IR is long and bloody.If Iranians are going to be targeted by "racist nationlists" in U.S  , then it is for our own benefits that Iranians organize themselves a lot more in order to defend the lives and their livelihoods.


Siavash300

RE: Powerless mullahs in U.S

by Siavash300 on

"Wrongly accusing Iranian government (which is powerless) for a killing that happened in America will not change anything. Get real" Ali Aghan

Seems you didn't read my comment properly Mr. Ali Aghan. I said there are some voice trying to over power mullahs in U.S but Mullahs are powerless in U.S. They only have "hart o purt"  for poor Iranian people inside Iran, not out of Iran because of security alert of establishments of each country. The prime suspect is the owner of that poster in Texas restaurant. He and his poster provoke Texans to hate Iranians and act on that hate. F.B. I should check that guy.

   But for sure, it has nothing to do with U.S government. If mullah's agent get killed that could be work of U.S, but if one of mullahs oppositon get killed it wouldn't be work of U.S, it would be mullah's agent job. That is very simple to comprehend.

    There is a possibility that color people committed crime while they were high on Cocaine. Who know? Mullahs agent may imply they did it to get credit to create fear among oppositions. They use the same tactic inside Iran.    


AMIR1973

How many Iranians have been killed in the US in hate crimes?

by AMIR1973 on

Does anyone have reliable and credible statistics at hand? There are a number of individuals here who seem to portray the U.S. as some sort of breeding ground for killing Iranian-Americans....


vildemose

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by vildemose on


vildemose

 Ali

by vildemose on

 Ali Aghan:

History Blog Member for 18 min 55 sec

A state of war only serves as an excuse for domestic tyranny.--Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn.


Ali Aghan

Iranians are being targeted in America

by Ali Aghan on

Don't think that you are seen differently than the Arabs in the eyes of Americans. You are to them a TERRORIST, they don't care if Farsi is a different language than Arabic. To them all Middle Easterns are Terrorist, and nothing you can say; will change their attitude. This is a HATE CRIME, during the beginning of Iraq/Afghanistan War; many Muslims were targeted. Now its the samething; now Iranians are being targeted. Wrongly accusing Iranian government (which is powerless) for a killing that happened in America will not change anything. Get real

Lotfan az maghzetoon estefade konid. 6ta scientist tahla koshte shodan..fekresh bokon, Israel & America want to go to war with IRAN. This is not an ACCIDENT


vildemose

 Ali

by vildemose on

 Ali Aghan:

History Blog Member for 18 min 55 sec

A state of war only serves as an excuse for domestic tyranny.--Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn.


Ali Aghan

Khak bar saret konan

by Ali Aghan on

What power does the Iranian government have in America? You forgot that 6 Iranian Nuclear Scientists have been killed in Iran? Blame it on the government too? USE YOUR BRAIN? America is at war with Iran, Americans have targeted Middle Easterns for awhile now. Don't think you are special because your belief is similiar to the belief system of the West; you are still an Iranian and to the Americans; you are an enemy. 


Ali Aghan

Why would Iranian Government kill her? USE YOUR BRAIN

by Ali Aghan on

Last week, 32 year old Ahmadi Roshan was killed in a car bombing in Iran, so far 4 Iranian Scientist were killed; all nuclear scientist. This week, 30 year old Iranian scientist was killed in her car in Texas. Why would Iranian government want to go after her? It doesn't make sense, there are millions of Iranians who are actively insulting the government. This is a job of Mossad/CIA trying to put the blame on Iran. 


Siavash300

Stinky Mullahs are powerless in U.S

by Siavash300 on

There are some voices that are trying to promote and over power mullahs capabilities inside U.S. Pro mullahs paid agents may imply Geraleh Baghezadeh assassination as the work of their network inside U.S. They may doing it to create atmosphere of fear among Iranians, so make Iranians afraid of each other or trying to make Iranian afraid of speaking out. This tactic works inside Iran,but it is not effective outside of Iran because of high security alrert by establishments. Pro mullahs want to show that no one is able to talk against Islamic criminals , otherwise,  they would have had the same destiny as Geraleh Bagherzadeh.

No my friends, those bastards only have "hart o put" for Iranian people inside Iran, especially at this critical moment of our history they're just trying to stay on power. Mullahs are on the edge and may collepse any day.     


vildemose

"   Molecular Genetics

by vildemose on

 Molecular Genetics researcher and an Anti - Iranian activist. A member of a local Iranian organization that supports the green movement against the current Iranian government. Who would be ashamed of this type of behavior?(A woman in such a high place/work stature or a woman activist.) Could also be a stout member who follows the Iranian goverments policies to the letter? Woman to them should be housewives only and nothing more! Hopefully the surviellance video will shed light as they say."

 A state of war only serves as an excuse for domestic tyranny.--Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn.


vildemose

Houston police should

by vildemose on

Houston police should involve the FBI in this case. This is probably a terrorist assassination by a sleeper cell in Houston.

 A state of war only serves as an excuse for domestic tyranny.--Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn.


Shemirani

Speechless

by Shemirani on

Deeply sorry and sad :((((

can't even imagine the pain of her family & friends. just hoping they will find the killer !

 


vildemose

A Texas Medical Center

by vildemose on

A Texas Medical Center student and Iranian activist was shot dead on Monday in Houston.

Gelareh Bagherzadeh was driving her car near her parents house when she was shot.

"When the officer arrived, the car's tires were still spinning," Officer J.C. Padilla told click2houston.com. "He had to reach in and turn off the motor."

At the time of the shooting, Bagherzadeh was on the phone with an ex-boyfriend who, according to police, heard "loud thud" and a "screeching noise" but no gunshots. He assumed Bagherzadeh was involved in a car accident.

ABC News has more:

"When officers arrived [...] Ms. Bagherzadeh was found slumped over in the driver's seat," the Houston Police Department said in a statement.

Authorities said nothing appeared to have been stolen from her car. Her cell phone and purse were found inside.

 

Bagherzadeh was a well-known Iranian activist. According to the Houston Chronicle, in 2010 she protested the Iranian government and was a member of SabzHouston, an activist group against the Iranian government.

It is unknown what prompted the shooting.

"She has no enemies," Sgt. Richard Bolton told click2houston. "She was a very caring and loving person."

Sgt. Bolton: I will check the Islamist Center funded by IRI in Houston. They are very active chapter in Houston.

 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/17/gelareh-bagherzadeh-texas_n_1211737.html

A state of war only serves as an excuse for domestic tyranny.--Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn.


Rastgoo

Not so fast!

by Rastgoo on

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.


Roozbeh_Gilani

والله من نمیدونم کی‌ این خانوم هموطن و مبارز سیاسی رو کشت

Roozbeh_Gilani


ولی‌ هر کی‌ دستور این جنایت تروریستی رو داد، امیدوارم که دست دیگش هم چلاق بشه......


Siavash300

Highly unlikely

by Siavash300 on

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).[175] 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)[176] according to the FBI.

My condolence to her family and friends. 


Cyrus Virus

Hate Crime?

by Cyrus Virus on

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...

http://www.click2houston.com/news/Anti-Iranian-Pos...


Disenchanted

Very sad & disturbing!

by Disenchanted on

 

        If it was politically motivated, it certainly was an act of desperation!  Lets hope the killer will be apprehended soon and motive becomes clear.


Veiled Prophet of Khorasan

Regarding this murder

by Veiled Prophet of Khorasan on

 

  • No matter what the killer should be apprehended. We do not know the motive and that is why it is important to get the people. Once that is done I hope they get the full Texan justice treatment.
  • Was this IRI? I do not know but it is possible. There are in the order of millions Iranians in America. Is it possible some are in the pay of IRI: you bet. If so we should be diligent to weed them out.
  • If it was IRI they are being very stupid to do it. They are already in the dog house. The one thing they got is Iranian Americans do not want war. Start killing us and the sentiments will change against them.
  • Is it possible others such as Ali Reza Pahlavi were victims: yes. It never made sense to me why an expecting father would do that. But again without proof I have nothing more to add.
  • Are we safe: probably, yes speculation points to involvement by IRI. I repeat there is no evidence but it may be retaliation for the professor. If this is true then active Iranians are in danger not the average person.
  • No matter what anonymity is important. Those who are always harping on "use real names" you see now. You must realize what an unnecessary risk it may be. I hope it puts that issue to rest once for all.

Anahid Hojjati

So sad,

by Anahid Hojjati on

I hope Houston police and other officials are able to determine soon who is behind killing of this young activist.