Five dead following dispute over Arizona family buisness

April 20th, 2015 by Staff

Police responded to the crime scene just after 2 pm on Thursday.


(KPHO.COM) PHOENIX, Ariz. – Phoenix police say they believe a Valley man killed his two brothers, his mother and a sister-in-law before turning the gun on himself after a fight over the family business.

Phoenix police said a witness told them there was an ongoing business dispute between the three brothers. 

One of the brothers, Driss Diaeddine, 50, got a semi-automatic handgun and shot and killed his two brothers, Reda Diaeddine, 38, and Dodi Fayed, 56, and their mother, Kenza Benzakour, 76, downstairs and then went upstairs and killed his sister-in-law Meriem Ben Yahia, 26, before killing himself on Thursday.

Several police vans and a mobile command center were at the home on Anderson Drive near 44th Street and Bell Road on Friday as police continued to investigate.

“Our dispatcher could hear shots fired in the background while that call was coming in,” Phoenix Police Sgt. Trent Crump said.
“A caller had been able to escape the home at that point, get out, and start to give us information.”

Driss Diaeddine’s wife called 911 about 2 p.m. Thursday reporting the shooting and fled the home with her two small children, ages 3 years and 10 months, while the other brother’s wife hid inside a bathroom, according to police.

“To have to go out the back of a home, taking two kids with you while you’re on the phone with 911 while shots are being fired, it sounds like a very heroic act on her part,” Crump said. “To have the other female come out later is pretty miraculous.”

Police said the family, who reportedly owns a chauffeur service, is from Morocco and that getting information has been difficult due to the language barrier.


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