Philanthropist Glen Davis was born into wealth. He happily worked in the family business eventually taking the reigns of the fortune after his father’s passing. In 1983 though, Davis survived an airplane fire that claimed the lives of 23 passengers. It was this life changing event that turned Davis to philanthropy.
Glen Davis went on to donate more than $20 million over 40 years to various environmental causes. On May 18, 2007, his life was cut short by a gunman’s bullet in a Toronto parking garage.
Despite hard work by the Toronto Police, the case went cold for over a year, until they received a break from a small time hustle arrested on unrelated charges. The story he told police unraveled a story of money, betrayal, greed, and a senseless killing.
On the morning of June 30th, 2009, four female bodies were discovered in a submerged Nissan Sentra with a broken left taillight, in the Rideau Canal in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. The Shafia sisters Zainab, 19, Sahar, 17, and Geeti, 13, along with their supposed “Auntie” Rona Amir Mohammed, 53, were found dead under water in front of the northernmost Kingston Mills lock.
That same morning, three people showed up at police headquarters to file a missing persons report: Mohammad Shafia, the girls’ father, Tooba Mohammad Yahya, their mother, and Hamed Shafia, their 18-year-old brother.
Police initially believed that it was a tragic accident, but the more questions the police asked the family, the stranger their story became. What police discovered over the next three weeks would lead to one of the most high-profile murder trials in Canadian history. The case would shed a light on the ancient practice of honour killing and the clash of Canadian values and the integration of immigrants in Western society.
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