WARREN, Mich. (AP) — A Minnesota man is accused of killing his 20-year-old stepdaughter in Michigan because she left home and wasn’t following Islam, police said Tuesday.

Rahim Alfetlawi, 45, was being held without bond Tuesday in the Macomb County Jail after being charged with first-degree murder in the death of Jessica Mokdad on Saturday at her grandmother’s home in the Detroit suburb of Warren.

Alfetlawi was arraigned Monday, and a not guilty plea was entered on his behalf. He awaits a May 12 preliminary examination. Alfetlawi requested a court-appointed lawyer. A number listed for the Coon Rapids man in Minnesota wasn’t in service.

Warren Police Detective Lt. Michael Torey said Alfetlawi went to police in neighboring Center Line to report the shooting. Torey said Alfetlawi told police the gun discharged accidentally when he pulled it out, but police believe he intentionally shot Mokdad in the head.

Torey said Mokdad had left her mother and stepfather to live with her father near Flint in Grand Blanc because she did not like their rules.

“He’s a strict Muslim, she was more Americanized,” Torey said.

Authorities say Alfetlawi told them he came to Michigan to find and confront Mokdad’s father. Torey said Alfetlawi asked Mokdad about where her father was and an argument ensued.

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Comments (51)
  1. Mel says:

    This is Sharia law. You can’t convince me that Islam is a peaceful religion. We’ll see how many muslim clerics and leaders publicly denounce this killing.

    1. me says:

      Come on now, you can’t let a few MILLION bad apples ruin it for the rest of them…..

      1. mom of four says:

        I hope he has fun in prison I am sure his religion will have no use there as he should get put in a cell with Bubba who will show him the ways of the life!My heart goes out to the family of that poor daughter who only wanted to better her life.

    2. stace34 says:

      Actually it is not Sharia law. There is nothing in the Koran or Sharia law that condones this. This is tribal culture. A culture that infantalizes the males and allows themt not take responsibility for anything they do. It is always someone else fault.

      1. Diann says:

        You are right. I use to date a muslim(Arab). Nothing was ever his fault, He was better than me because I’m just a woman. But I had the last laugh. He tried to beat me and I punched him in the face 3 times and he ran into the bathroom bleeding. He didn’t know that my uncle was a boxer and he use to train us to box. The next day, the arab filed a restraining order against me, which I beat.

    3. Dechen says:

      I have never seen or heard muslim clerics or leaders publicly denouncing this kind of act. After all they are the preacher.

  2. lib says:

    Another peace loving Muslim, this man may be living in Minnesota, but he is not born and raised in Minnesota. What a horrible thing to happen to a young woman with so much promise. We need to know that Bin Laden is alive and well, in the actions of these terrible people.

  3. wow says:

    WorldNetDaily.com reports: “The death of Osama bin Laden will bring a ‘new era of jihad,’ predicted British extremist cleric Anjem Choudary.

    Warning there are motivated jihadists ‘in the heart of America,’ Choudary said al-Qaida will likely carry out revenge operations with ‘meticulous accuracy’ and ‘devastating affect’ comparable to that of the 9/11 attacks.

    Choudary is the founder and former chief of two Islamic groups disbanded by the British authorities under anti-terror legislation.

    Speaking today in an interview with ‘Aaron Klein Investigative Radio’ of New York’s WABC Radio, Choudary said that while bin Laden was a ‘lion of Islam … there are many lions waiting to take his place.’

    ‘I do believe that the death of Sheikh Osama will bring in a new era of jihad,’ Choudary told Klein.

    ‘Post-Osama bin Laden, I believe the mujahedeen around the world will have something to prove, that the jihad is not about an individual.’…”

  4. Ryan says:

    Freaks. Get out of our country! Go back to where ever you came from with your twisted ways. Losers

    1. Mya says:

      I am willing to bet that your family once immigrated here. And the Native Americans thought the same…”Freaks…get out of country”. And what Native Americans weren’t killed by the smallpox the Europeans introduced were relegated to dusty hell of the desolate Southwest.

      1. pat says:

        Get a new rant Mya, it has been proven that small pox was in this country long before Europeans and now new archelogical digs have proven the Vikings were here before Inidians, but the settelments were killed off. By who I wonder?

        1. sma says:

          Vikings were here BEFORE the Indigenous people of Turtle Island (USA)???? Check your facts!! The Viking Era was 900-1300 BC. Archaeological evidence in Minnesota alone dates the Native Americans back 9000 bce (before current events) which leaves a pretty substantial window of time. There were millions of Indigenous Peoples living here for centuries before members of my Viking Ancestors made their way here.

          1. pat says:

            I said New evidence, saw it on discovery channel.

      2. tom says:

        Mya you liberal, get a life, quit the entitlement act

  5. tuna-free dolphin says:

    “Hello Seal Team Six? We have another job for you.”

    1. Charlie says:

      Excellent! Thanks …

  6. Guy says:

    Another action by the “religion of peace” … “eternal peace” is what you get if you don’t bow down & submit

    1. stace34 says:

      This has nothing to do with Islam. Actions such as these are not in the Koran and are not condoned in the Islamic faith. These actions are from tribal culture not religion. The rules in tribal culture allow men to not take responsibility for themselves and puts all of the responsibily and blame on the women.

  7. Sue says:

    …………..yeah……….thanks a lot Dad!

  8. Chris says:

    WCCO, Just left a message that was not shown, so you must be going over board again on the censorship… we must be PC and not be too strong… But, why not? That may be part of the problem and these guys keep taking advantage of our “compassion”… what a joke!

  9. Valerie says:

    How can you even ambush and hurt or kill people & not know what COWARDS you are ? If you’re killing in the name of religion- then your religion is for cowards!

  10. AM says:

    Crimes reported by the media only associate religions when the person has a muslim name. When christians commit crimes religion is never mentioned.

    1. J says:

      He killed her because she wasn’t following the religion, in this case the religion is a strong tie to the motive of the killing.

    2. Enlightened Agnostic says:

      Funny thing about that, AM, is that Christians who commit crimes do so despite their scripture. Muslim crime can and is justified by theirs. Moral equivalence is a 13-15 year old’s argument.

      1. AM says:

        My point is that we should not judge Islam by the Muslims. Muslims are individuals just like Christians. You cannot deny that terrible things have been done through the ages in the name of Christianity. But do these things have anything to do with Jesus? The key is this – don’t let the hypocrisy of media keep you from the truth of Islam. Study Islam and its teachings for yourself and then decide what Islam is… and is not.

      2. lib says:

        Enlightened, just because someone claims a Christian background, but doesn’t live by the Laws of God and The Grace of God and follow Jesus Christ doesn’t make him/her a Christian. The Muslilm in ths article is killing in the name of his faith.

  11. Josie says:

    I am so sorry for this family and what they have indurred But for you people to think that this has to do with all Islams your sadly mistaken. My mother is born and raised in mn and she is Muslim/Islam. I wasnt raised this way at all. Lets be clear there are extreme people in every single religion out there. Look at the sweat lodge deaths come on people. Please educate your selves on religion and not people as a whole. Its truly sad that some people are so narrow minded to think of the religion as a whole.

    1. sad says:

      Josie, I know you think you are being the voice of reason, but the sad truth is we make ourselves extremely vulnerable with your king of thinking. We need to know our enemy and take precautions to save innocent American lives, If you say Muslims/Islamics are peaceful and loving to others then they are not folloing the Koran. They are only allowed to be peaceful and loving and honest with other Mulsims/Islamics. All others must die.

      1. stace34 says:

        So must all Christian exreamist die as well. Should we be killing everyone with extreme views? Who are the extreme view police who will decide who dies? Don’t get me wrong I realize that there are bad Muslims, just as their are bad Christians. Josie’s advice to learn more about the faith before you judge is good advice. You are making ingnorant comments on a subject you have not bothered to learn anything about. Learning about your “enemy” you would find that they are not following the Islamic faith which was why Josie suggested people educate themselves before jumping to a conclusion about the religion.

        1. sad says:

          Dear Stace34, before you rant on you should read both the Koran and the Bible, specifically the New Testament. There is a reason Christians don’t saw heads off on pubic TV. It must be a thankless job defending these thugs.

          1. tom says:

            ban sharia law, deport all muslims

        2. whatever says:

          THere are bad Christians. They kill despite their religion. Muslim kill in the name of their religion.

          I feel so sorry for you that you have fallen for Political correctness, unless you’re Muslim and are trying to save face.

  12. AM says:

    “Fear is the only true enemy, born of ignorance and the parent of anger and hate. ” – Edward Albert

    1. Tim says:

      I loved him on Green Acres……

      1. tom says:

        was a really good show to watch after school, arnold was the best

  13. Pork 3 times daily says:

    Well since michigan does not have the death penalty, put him in jail and feed him pork for a meal 3 times daily.

    1. Abdar says:

      Oh – they’ll be porking him

  14. Ali says:

    Christian kill people, Muslims kill people. However only Muslims kill in the name of their religion. Therefor, that religion must be evil and bad.
    This is so simple and so true…

    1. stace34 says:

      There are a lot of people who have been killed in the name of Christianity. This is so simple and so true…

    2. AM says:

      Ali, you are wrong. Remember Bush himself, five days after the September 11 attacks of 2001, described his “war on terror” as a “crusade.”

    3. Northern one says:

      Another one that chooses to ignore the times of the crusades.

  15. Pull The Trigger says:

    More Immigrants please!!!!!!!!!!!!! Let me pull the switch on this pile of garbage…..NO MORE IMMIGRANTS!!!! I am sick of brining them here…then paying to house them in prison for life……Minnesota is a diverse joke…..

  16. tom says:

    foreget the rope, hang him with pig intestines

  17. tuna-free dolphin says:

    A bullet hole above his left eye would be a nice look for him too. Maybe the prison population will give him a makeover.

  18. funnyrabbit says:

    The article yesterday was that Minnesota Muslims were relieved Osama Bin Laden was dead. Yeah right. Muslims have a huge image problem in this country because of this exact thing.

  19. janedoe says:

    Christian people kill in spite of their religion. Muslim kill in the name of their religion. Not all Muslim kill and hate. Not all Christians kill and hate. Honor killings have become so common among Muslims, they really need to improve their image.

  20. mr. Mike says:

    Any muslim from muslim country will still act 100% muslim but if they were born and raise in the US they will act like they are American. Lock them up for good or will get worst. Any body see whats happened in texas soldier?

  21. Samantha says:

    Islam does not teach hate nor violence. Unfortunately there are a bunch of psychos who claim to kill in the of Islam. As a Muslim American never in my lifetime of practicing/learning about Islam was I ever taught to hate someone on the mere basis of them being of a different faith, background ,etc. Killing is one of the seventy major sins in Islam, in fact the quran says ” “whoever kills a person, unless for spreading mischief and murder, has killed all of mankind”. A lot of Muslims in certain so called Muslim countries have a twisted interpretation of Islam. There is no compulsion in Islam and what he did to his daughter is UNISLAMIC. This is purely cultural, if you guys knew that some, and this honor killing predates Islam. Pagan Arabs before Islam used to BURY their daughters alive. Killing in ISLAM is forbidden unless its in self-defense, for murder, and mischief as stated earlier. Most Muslims are normal people and to the people say go back to where you’re from… what do you mean consider most of us are from here. Speaking for myself I was born and raised, never seen outside of North America. Also believe or not I don’t want to kill you, despite you being from a different walk of life, way to generalize 1.5 billion Muslims.

    1. silly says:

      what is a Jew, what is an infidel, you reading wrong Koran

  22. Tball says:

    Osama will live forever if we continue to let news such as this spark such hateful words.

  23. Deb says:

    There is another story of a man who has been associated with two dead children in his car. If he turns out to be guilty of their deaths do we condemn all people associated with his religion or nationality? It’s a tragic story and the Islamic religion is very different in someways. The common thread between religions nowadays seems to be hate. Is that really what religion is about? Hate?

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