Illinois Man Accused of Murdering Wife and 3 Daughters, Then Calling 911

Illinois Man Accused of Murdering Wife and 3 Daughters, Then Calling 911
Maher Kassem.

An Illinois man is accused of shooting and killing his wife and three daughters before calling 911 to report that someone had been shot.

Maher Kassem, 63, is charged with four counts of first-degree murder, the Tinley Park Public Safety Department says. 

Following an argument, authorities claim Kassem shot his wife, Majeda, 53, and daughters, Halema, 25, Hanan, 24, and Zahia, 25, Sunday morning.

Police responding to Kassem’s 911 call found the four women dead on the lower floor of their home, the department said. Kaseem was arrested after “he made statements related to his involvement in the shooting,” the release alleges.

Halema and Zahia Kassem
Halema and Zahia Kassem

“Words can’t describe how deeply saddened I am at this horrible tragedy,” Tinley Park Mayor Michael Glotz said in a statement. “A mother and her three daughters are gone, murdered in an act of senseless domestic violence. The entire Tinley Park community is heartbroken at the loss of these four innocent women, and we grieve alongside the family, friends and neighbors who loved them.”

The Kassem's Girls
The Kassem’s Girls

It is not immediately clear if Kassem has entered a plea or retained an attorney.

“The defendant was recorded volunteering things about just having retired and that, ‘she treats me like a f*** dog. I worked 40 years,’ and ‘I worked all my life to give my family a better home and they treat me like s***. They treat me like a dog,” Clark said.

Tinley Park Police
Tinley Park Police at

While the exact motive is unclear for what officials are calling “an act of senseless domestic violence,” Kassem spoke to police and was recorded on body-worn camera.

“Defendant also stated, ’45 years… 45 years… I worked 45 years. Money-hungry b*** pushed me to it,'” Clark said

 
If you are experiencing domestic violence, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233, or go to thehotline.org. All calls are toll-free and confidential. The hotline is available 24/7 in more than 170 languages.