A triple murder, allegations of black magic and a lawsuit have splintered a tight-knit community. A small newspaper covering Houston's Muslim community is in legal trouble after what it published about a local couple.
Back in September, Mohamed Goher was accused of killing this three children. He attempted suicide but after recovering he was transferred to the Harris County Jail. The couple who is suing claims they practice black magic which led to the murders of the three children.
Manzoor and Amber Memon were shocked when they found out Mohammed Goher was arrested and charged with fatally shooting his three children as they slept.
"I could not believe it I cried," said Manzoor Memon. "Sometimes (at) night I see the picture of those kids you know."
The couple claims they were trying to help him cope with the strains of separating from his wife.
"(He came to me and said) his wife has left him, she is living in a shelter and has filed a divorce against," said Memon. "he (said he) wants to see if he can get his family back."
Goher is in jail charged with the murder of his children. The day before the murders the Memons went to Goher's apartment while his three children were visiting. What happened there is now at the center of a lawsuit.
"I'm really upset because I didn't even talk to anyone and they are saying that I told the gentleman you're not going get custody of your kids," said Amber Memon.
The Memons are suing a small local newspaper, The Urdu Times of Houston, for a published article accusing the couple of using black magic or witchcraft, which it suggests was the reason Goher killed his kids.
I sat down with Saleem Syed, the defendant named in the suit. Syed, who is the Times' Houston bureau chief, says he wrote the story based on what he heard and read from English newspapers and TV news reports.
"He's trying to harass me by suing me to take away the freedom of speech which is my right here," said Syed. "I'm free to publish in my newspaper."
The Memons say the murders were unfortunate and they just want to clear their name.
"They somehow involved me in this which I don't appreciate," said Memon.
Saleem Syed plans to counter sue the Memons. The couple is also suing the chief editor and publisher of the paper who lives in New York.
Couple Sues Local Newspaper for Black Magic Allegations
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