Honor killing? Too soon to tell. But don't expect the New York authorities to volunteer the information if it is discovered to be the case.
NEW YORK (AP) - New York City police say a father whose daughter's burned body was found stuffed in the boiler of his apartment building killed the girl because he was upset with her for text-messaging a boy.
Police say 34-year-old Miguel Matias (muh-TY'-uhs) called 911 yesterday morning and claimed he strangled the 14-year-old the night before and dumped her body in the woods.
Police aren't sure whether the girl was dead before she was stuffed into the boiler. The medical examiner's office is trying to determine the cause of death.
Matias is separated from the girl's mother but had visitation rights. The girl lived in Pennsylvania with her mother and was visiting him in New York for the weekend.
Police say the father has a history of emotional problems and was institutionalized after trying to set a car on fire with his children inside.
My first question would have to be: After attempting to set his children on fire, why the hell was he given visitation? WTF is wrong with child services in New York?