Updated: Mother, Two Children Found Dead in Apparent Double Murder, Suicide

by Fatimah Waseem September 6, 2018 at 12:25 pm 23 Comments

The deaths of a mother and her two children, who were found in a Herndon home Wednesday evening, are being investigated as a double murder and suicide, according to the Fairfax County Police Department.

Noera Ayaz, 42, and her sons were found in the home on the 1000 block of Safa Street around 6:20 p.m. yesterday, according to reports received by Reston Now. The Washington Post also reported the identity of the woman, although the police department has not released the identities or relationships between any of the deceased.

Police believe Ayaz killed her two children and then killed herself. The findings are preliminary and an investigation is ongoing.

The incident was being investigated as a “domestic-related incident” and no threat to public safety was noted. The homeowner, the father of the two children, discovered the bodies when he arrived home Wednesday evening around 6:20 p.m. Police searched the home and found Ayaz upstairs with what police said appeared to a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The family, who is Muslim, was active in the local Muslim community and the incident has shaken many local community members.

Ayaz was an accomplished attorney who fought for the rights of immigrants and women. During her early legal career, she worked at the law firm of Baker Botts, LLP, where she worked on intellectual property cases and represented Mulsim women with immigration issues.

She traveled across the world and earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Brown University. She received her law degree from Columbia Law School. In the local community, Ayaz was known for her work as the director of Women in Islam, Inc., an organization that aimed to address issues linked to the Muslim community and build understanding across cultural boundaries.

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner will conduct an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death, police said. Crime scene detectives searched the home to gather information about the incident after executing a search warrant, police said. Detectives continue their investigation to determine what led to the shooting.

No other information was immediately available.

Photos via FCPD

  • observer

    I assume there will be a candle light visual at Lake Anne tomorrow night?

    • Why do you bother?


    • 30yearsinreston

      Hudgins will give a speech while Plum will be preaching about Gerrymandering

  • AlohaSnackbar

    ” an organization that aimed to address issues linked to the Muslim community and build understanding across cultural boundaries.”

    A Double murder , suicide will do great things to bridge that gap.

    • Racism Watchdog


    • Whybother

      Could be white supremacists trying to get rid of that bridge, while making it look like a suicide. You can make anything up on the internet.

      • Mike M

        I estimate that conspiracy theorists outnumber actual conspiracies by approximately1700 to 1. Your theory seems to be a product that only a wingnut who is
        still freaking about Trump.

        Wh1te supremacists represent about .005% of
        the population by [email protected] estimates. Unfortunately, left-wing extremists abound.

  • Southie

    A truly sad situation.

  • Thanks for the lecture

    My friend Malek in Tysons was very proud to point out “there is no divorce in Islam”.

    Could have been worse?

    • Whybother

      You’re misinformed.

    • J Groton

      Malek doesn’t know much about Islam. Maybe you shouldn’t post misinformation.


    • Mike M

      Well, there are supposedly no gays and no money lending either. But that’s also BS. So, . . . go figure.

  • Patriot

    The street of the crime — Safa Street — and that neighborhood were developed by the many Muslim Brotherhood extremists associated with the ADAMS Center (mosque) and who have since infiltrated Herndon and Fairfax County. Anyone who knows someone in the FBI should get them to take a close look — and expose — Herndon and its many Muslim extremists and associated organizations, such as the International Institute of Islamic Thought at 500 Grove Street. The number of shell corporations and organizations funneling money to the Muslim Brotherhood is astounding, and it needs to be exposed!!

    See history of this mess in WaPo:

  • kiki

    How do you fight for women’s rights and wear a hijab? Another one that did not assimilate.

    • Mookie Taylor

      Yep, just like the Mennonites, Amish, and nuns.

    • hhrock2000

      Ha! The white trash on these forums are so retarded. I’m glad I can afford homes away from the trailer parks.

  • Stormy_Fireriver

    It’s important that people that come to this country learn to assimilate. Assimilation is key to functioning within our society. Assimilation is important for the health of the USA.

    • FakeSnooze

      Are more firearm deaths than any other advanced industrialized country also important for the health of the USA? What does this have to do with assimilation? She was a highly accomplished and Ivy-educated lawyer.

      • Stormy_Fireriver

        She was a murderer. She murdered her children. Her law degree didn’t help with that. Guns don’t kill people; people do. Islam is not compatible with America it’s values or culture. My opinion.

        • Fairbrother

          Really, must every incident involving a Muslim end with wholesale condemnation of Islam? By same token, should every discussion related to non-Muslims end with condemnation of abuse of children by priests, the role of Christians in holocaust? This is not how sensible people discuss issues.

          • Stormy_Fireriver

            I don’t like any organized religion really. Full stop. I tolerate some more than others because they’ve assimilated into our culture somewhat. Even some Christian denominations go way off in left field killing abortion doctors, not allowing their kids to socialize and they end up terrorizing people, etc.. Islam has not and if they had their wish we’d all be under Sharia Law (the USA has female genital mutilation for crying out loud!) if you think otherwise you are quite naive. The USA is unique in that it tolerates and allows religions to exist here but at the same time we must keep the spirit of our Founding intact otherwise we will lose what makes America Great.

        • Racism Watchdog

          BARK BARK BARK

          • Stormy_Fireriver

            Growl. Whatever dude. I’m way past being nice anymore. I’ve over it.


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