Lebanon News

Fort Hood murder-suicide father ‘has STL link’

BEIRUT: Local media reported Thursday evening that the Lebanese man who is believed to have shot himself and his two daughters dead in the U.S. has a link to the Special Tribunal for Lebanon. 

Rihad Ezzedine, a 43-year-old from the southern town of Kafra, was found dead in his home in Texas’ Fort Hood military base early Tuesday morning along with his two daughters, Layla and Zeinab, 9 and 4 respectively, according to the Associated Press. 

Lebanese media reported that Ezzedine’s brother, Mostafa Ezzedine, is the owner of one of the phone numbers the STL’s prosecution team says was used in the 2005 assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.

Mostafa Ezzeddine has confirmed that he has owned the number since 2002, according to local TV station Al-Jadeed. U.S. Army investigators said Thursday that Rihad Ezzedine was thought to have shot his daughters before committing suicide. 

His wife and the mother to the two children has been identified by investigators as 33-year-old Pfc. Carla Santisteban, 33. 

She was reported to have arrived back in Fort Hood from an assignment in Afghanistan just hours before the deaths were discovered. The investigation is ongoing.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on January 25, 2014, on page 3.




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