Here is the story from the Dallas/Ft. Worth paper: Teen girls shot This caught my eye for two reasons: primarily, because we used to live less than 3 miles from the high school these girls attended, and difficult child had several friends there when she was in middle school and just getting involved in drugs and partying ('94/'95). The other reason is that this type of killing, which very well may be an "honor killing" (where a father or brother kills a girl who has brought "dishonor" on the family, usually by becoming involved in a relationship with a boy; they are common in strict Muslim countries), has been virtually unknown in the west but is becoming increasingly common in Europe and now is being seen in the USA, Canada and Australia. I read a comment by JoG on jessica_j's thread about being treated as a servant by the in-laws: "Nowhere does it say that the wife has to do everything and be a slave to H's entire family. What, are you the designated family mule?" That is very true in our culture, but in parts of the world where honor killings occur, which now is becoming everywhere, it is a very different story, and the daughter-in-law is regarded as a servant of her husband's entire family.