Charges filed against Montgomery County family in murder of Iranian activist and another man

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HOUSTON – It is a family affair, in a devastating way. Remember the Iranian activist found dead in Houston three years ago? It initially fueled fear that Tehran was behind the attack, but finally charges have been filed, and prosecutors say a Jordanian-American Muslim family in Montgomery County is to blame.

Court papers allege that the deaths were religiously motivated—“ honor killings"—at the hands of an angry family.

Prosecutors say that Nesreen Irsan’s father, 57-year-old Ali Mahwood-Awad Irsan was outraged by his daughter's decision to marry Coty Beavers, a Christian man, and then hide and even file a protective order against her dad. So in retaliation, police say that Irsan, his wife, and their 21-year-old son killed Gelareh Bagherzadeh, his daughter's best friend/the Iranian activist, as she pulled into her parent's townhome in the Galleria in 2012.

But it doesn't end there.

Prosecutors allege that ten months later, the family found and stalked the couple, and that the father ultimately killed his daughter’s husband as well, leaving Beaver's body in the northwest Harris County apartment they shared.

Police say more charges could be filed.