Rocky River prosecutor: father ‘executed his own daughter’.
A Cleveland-area man who admitted he fatally shot his 27-year-old daughter at his family’s suburban home has been indicted in her death.
A jury charged Jamal Mansour, 63, with murder, aggravated murder and felony assault on Wednesday in the Sept. 27 slaying of his daughter, clinical pharmacist Tahani Mansour. She had feared him for years, according to friends of the victim from her medical college.
Prosecutor Michael O’Shea said in court days after her death that her father “essentially assassinated his own daughter, your honor, with gunshots to the head, not one but two,” The Cleveland Plain Dealer reported.
Jamal Mansour, who owns several retail businesses around Northeast Ohio, told police he shot his daughter in her bedroom at their Rocky River home because he was angry after an argument. He later told a judge the shooting had been an accident.
Mansour’s lawyer declined to comment this week, pointing to an earlier statement he made about his client.
“Mr. Mansour is a good man who very much loves his family,” said the lawyer, Angelo Lonardo.
Officers in Rocky River, Ohio, a suburb nine miles outside Cleveland, had gone to the family’s home in December 2012 after a call saying Mansour was threatening to commit suicide, according to a police report. His wife told police he was “very upset” about his daughter’s trip to Las Vegas for a conference.
Her friends and colleagues confirmed his daughter, the youngest of his six children, had been attending a national conference in Las Vegas at the time.
Tahani Mansour graduated in 2013 from Northeast Ohio Medical University. Philip King, her classmate and friend from the doctor of pharmacy program, remembered her commitment to her education, how much she enjoyed socializing with friends and her beauty.
Her family was “very, very protective” of her, King said, remembering her devotion to the medical program.
“It seemed to me like it was almost an escape,” he said.
King thinks she may have tried to hide her two-year relationship with a classmate from her family. She once told King she was afraid of her father, though he said he didn’t question her further about the situation.
“I didn’t ask,” he said. “I knew there were cultural reasons.”
Tahani Mansour completed her residency at Geauga Medical Center and later served as a clinical pharmacist at Ahuja Medical Center, according to the Ohio Society of Health System Pharmacists. She had recently been hired at the Cleveland Clinic, the world-renowned nonprofit academic medical center.
Friends of hers posted on the Society’s Facebook page that she took the nickname “Ta-honey bunny” after a patient struggled to pronounce her name and asked if that was right. She and a colleague often held what they called “dessert-offs” vying to see who could eat more.
“As I grew to know her personally, I learned what an extraordinary heart she had for her friends, family, and the pharmacy profession,” one person wrote. “She was full of life and energy, and her memory will be everlasting on the many people she impacted.”
Her father remained jailed Friday on a $4.5 million bond. A judge increased it from $1.5 million after prosecutors said he had recently returned from Jerusalem at the time of his arrest and had a place to live out of the country.