More information about the Coptic Christian family — mother, father, and daughter — killed in Libya continues to surface.  In an interview with the mother’s brother, he explained how the murderers broke into the house in the middle of the night.  They handcuffed and killed the father. Then they entered the children’s bedroom, three girls. The mother was there, cried out, tried to fight back, and was killed.  They took the oldest daughter, Katherine, and fled with her. The girl’s body was later found in the desert, shot three times (graphic pictures here).  The other two younger daughters were left for two-and-a-half hours in their bedroom with the body of their slain mother.   In the early morning, they fled the house and ran toward their school where they were intercepted by the principal who asked them, “Why are you coming to school alone today?  Where’s your father?”  They answered, “Daddy is in heaven.”

Ansar al-Sharia — the “Supporters of Islamic Law” — an Islamist organization that rose to power during Libya’s “Arab Spring” is believed to be responsible for the targeting of this, and other, Christian families.

Some pictures of the family follow:

One of the remaining daughters, in front of her parent’s wedding picture
Katherine, slain daughter
Slain mother
Slain father
The three coffins during the church funeral in Egypt

Raymond Ibrahim is a Middle East and Islam specialist and author of Crucified Again: Exposing Islam’s New War on Christians (2013) and The Al Qaeda Reader (2007). His writings have appeared in a variety of media, including the Los Angeles Times, Washington Times, Jane’s Islamic Affairs Analyst, Middle East Quarterly, World Almanac of Islamism, and Chronicle of Higher Education; he has appeared on MSNBC, Fox News, C-SPAN, PBS, Reuters, Al-Jazeera, NPR, Blaze TV, and CBN. Ibrahim regularly speaks publicly, briefs governmental agencies, provides expert testimony for Islam-related lawsuits, and testifies before Congress. He is a Shillman Fellow, David Horowitz Freedom Center; a CBN News contributor; a Media Fellow, Hoover Institution (2013); and a Judith Friedman Rosen Writing Fellow, Middle East Forum . Ibrahim’s dual-background — born and raised in the U.S. by Coptic Egyptian parents born and raised in the Middle East — has provided him with unique advantages, from equal fluency in English and Arabic, to an equal understanding of the Western and Middle Eastern mindsets, positioning him to explain the latter to the former.