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There was a theory about her father’s murder. Then came the arrest.
NEW YORK – When Ola Salem’s body was discovered in a park on Staten Island in October 2019, his friends and relatives were reportedly left out. 25-year-old Salim was known as a dedicated advocate for Muslim women in a domestic violence shelter and children where he lived voluntarily, and suspicion in local media centered on her husband, with whom police said they had There was an illegal relationship. Her father offered another theory: Kabri Salem told the New York Times that her daughter had shared stories of being with someone for a Morning Newsletter from New York TimesBot officials, saying the tip confuses wrong investigators There was a lie to do, and it was Kabir Salem who killed his daughter, dragged her body to Bloomingdale Park and covered it with branches. Kabir Salem, 52, appeared in court last week to face a seven-count indictment, including charges of murder, strangulation and hiding a human corpse. He pleaded not guilty, court records show. A lawyer for Kabir Salem could not be reached for comment last week. Officials said that despite statements from reporters in Kabir Salem, she was considered a suspect in her daughter’s death. “During this tragic case, we never lost hope.” The alleged killer will be arrested and charged, “Staten Island District Attorney Michael E. McMahon said in a statement.” We will continue to work tirelessly to hold this defendant accountable. “The allegations followed a year of investigation Confirmed a murder that involved many people who knew Ola Salem. Her friends said they were terrified of the news of her father’s arrest. On October 23, 2019, Ola Salem lived in Pennsylvania with her father, a The former professional boxer, who competed in the Olympics, officials said. Early the next day, Kabir Salem strangled his daughter. Officials said he then drove to Staten Island, leaving his body in Prince’s Bay Took him to Bloomingdale Park in the neighborhood and covered them with branches and leaves. Later, he said, he moved back to Pennsylvania and later fled the country. Investigations revealed that this year, Kabir Salem had discovered Avis on October 22. A car was rented, a law enforcement official said, who are familiar with the case. Kabri Salem told investigators Taya had taken her daughter to New York in her family car. Investigators also found her daughter’s phone in the family’s car, the officer said, and Kabir Salem told them he had forgotten it when she locked it. In fact, the official said, detectives discovered that Kabri Salem used a rental car to travel extensively, including a brief stop at Staten Island, the park where his daughter’s body was found. He was arrested in December with the assistance of the State Department and Interpol in Kuwait and released before being extradited back to New York. The criminals did not serve any possible motive for the murder. But relations between Ola Salem and close relatives had deteriorated for some time. At the time of his death, Ola Salem’s family had an active order of protection against him, according to a law enforcement officer who was not authorized to discuss. Publicly the case. Kabri Salem, who also worked as a driver, was a boxer in the Egyptian Olympic team in 1992 and 1996. He was known as “The Egyptian Magician” and gained a mixed reputation among fans and other fighters in 1999. When an opponent whom he repeatedly beheaded during a match, he lost consciousness and died after brain surgery. He retired from the sport after six years. Now on a bad Instagram account, Kabir Salem posted a photo of himself and his daughter in March with the caption, “I miss you and you rip my love.” After Ola Salem’s death, Kabir Salem was quoted in a New York Times story that his daughter “always said that someone would follow her” while she was driving and hoped to gain clarity. “I want to know what happened to him, what happened. The reason for this – but no one tells me – I’m just waiting,” he said at the time. He is set to appear in court back in February. 5. Fans of Ola Salem’s family refused to comment when reached further. Wednesday, saying that they were still processing the news. A teenager, Ola Salem, who grew up in Coney Island, was an active member of the Muslim American Society Youth Center in South Brooklyn. Friends said she enjoyed boxing like her father, had religious discussions at Kingsborough Community College on weekends and was known for her caring and protective temperament at the Asiah Women’s Center, a domestic violence shelter. Shelter and a friend living for more than a decade said that his stomach turns when he reminds of Ola Salem’s death. He said he hopes “justice is served.” Darvesh recalled the last days of Ramadan, when he and Ola Salem danced, exchanged laughter and imagined their lives in the future. As she was opening a shelter in Brooklyn, Darvish said she reached out to Ola Salem for help, knowing that her friend’s “way of making people feel safe” and comfortable. “People would be too traumatized to come to us, and that was it. There was this relaxed feeling and calm presence,” Darvish said. “He just made people laugh at something immediately, even though those were the worst days of his life.” Ola Salem had to be vocal. When she was 17 years old, she made headlines after a visit to an amusement park in Rye, Playland Park, New York, on a youth trip to mark the end of Ramadan. When Ola Salem was told by staff that she could not attend her younger sister’s ride because of her hijab, she asked to speak to management. The issue escalated and a minor scuffle ensued. “I said, ‘This is not my head. This is my religion,” Ola Salem quoted the Times as saying, “Darvesh, the murder of his friend – who fiercely defended other women – remains a devastating loss.” He said that he could be killed in the face of domestic violence and surviving circumstances. That was the reason they felt safe enough to leave. “I wish our community did more to protect them than how to protect them.” This article was originally featured in The New York Times (C) 2020 The New York Times Company.