Fam­ily of mur­der vic­tim speak out about un­solved case

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Nearly two months af­ter Sar­dar Ajmeer Nawabi’s homi­cide, his fam­ily is still wait­ing for po­lice to lay charges as they live in fear.

Nawabi, who was 20 years old, died in hos­pi­tal af­ter he was found in med­i­cal dis­tress at a Clay­ton Park apart­ment in the early morn­ing hours of Sept. 17. Po­lice ruled his death a homi­cide later that month. Po­lice have not re­leased his cause of death.

A 27-yearold man and 24-year-old woman were ar­rested on Sept. 17, and po­lice also ques­tioned a 52-year-old woman from On­tario, but no one has been charged.

When they de­clared the case a homi­cide, po­lice said it was not a ran­dom act.

Nawabi’s brother, Sar­dar Aj­mal Nawabi, and his mother, Fawzia Nawabi, spoke to Metro on Mon­day as their frus­tra­tion grows over the un­solved case.

The fam­ily, orig­i­nally from Afghanistan, came to Canada from Pak­istan two years ago as refugees. They live in Saint John, N.B., but are in Hal­i­fax this week look­ing for more in­for­ma­tion about Nawabi’s killing.

Sar­dar Aj­mal Nawabi said his brother was liv­ing with his fi­ancée and her un­cle in the Clay­ton Park apart­ment where he was killed.

Nawabi said the fam­ily spoke to po­lice on Mon­day, but they told them they didn’t know when charges might be laid.

“The po­lice came to­day, and he said, ‘We can’t tell you. It’s se­cret,’” Nawabi said.

“They say, ‘We know ev­ery­thing, but we can’t ar­rest them.’”

The fam­ily is liv­ing in fear. Nawabi said his par­ents aren’t sleep­ing, watch­ing the win­dows, wor­ried that some­one is go­ing to come kill them.

And Sar­dar Nawabi said his brother’s fi­ancée threat­ened him in a text mes­sage.

“We came from Pak­istan and Afghanistan to Canada be­cause there is safety for us,” he said. “But how is it safe? I lost my brother. She lost her son. Why?”

In an in­ter­view with Metro Hal­i­fax in late Septem­ber, Hal­i­fax Re­gional Po­lice spokes­woman Const. Dianne Pen­found wouldn’t pro­vide any additional in­for­ma­tion about the case.

The homi­cide is No. 6 for 2017 in the Hal­i­fax re­gion.

Zane Wood­ford/ metro

Fawzia Nawabi and Sar­dar Aj­mal Nawabi hold a photo of their son and brother, Sar­dar Ajmeer Nawabi, who was killed in Clay­ton Park in Septem­ber.


Sar­dar Ajmeer Nawabi was killed in Clay­ton Park in Septem­ber. No one has been charged in his death, which po­lice have ruled a homi­cide.

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