Prosecutor: No proof religious hatred to blame for family’s murder

Authorities investigating the stabbing deaths of an Egyptian immigrant family said Monday they have not found any evidence so far indicating the four Jersey City residents were slain over a religious dispute.

The possibility of a religious grudge, which has strained relations between Muslims and Christians in the area, still is being investigated, said Hudson County Prosecutor Edward DeFazio.

He added that the brutal slayings of Hossam Armanious, a 47-year-old Coptic Christian, his 37-year-old wife, Amal Garas, and their daughters, Sylvia, 15, and Monica, 8, do not appear to stem from a simple robbery.

“Certainly, based on the viciousness of the attacks, we think there’s more than taking the money that was in the apartment,” DeFazio said.

An 8-year old and a 16-year-old, tied up and gagged? Shyeah, you got THAT right, DeFazio.

Prosecutor: No proof religious hatred to blame for family’s murder

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