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Mechanic kills wife, himself

Published Oct. 16, 2005

A man who neighbors said could not handle his wife's independence shot her to death, wounded his mother-in-law and then killed himself, authorities said. Ali Teynorzadeh, 37, a mechanic, and his wife, Soheila, 28, a college student, were found dead in the living room of their duplex apartment late Thursday, said Escambia County sheriff's investigator Allen Cotton.

Mrs. Teynorzadeh's mother, Pari Sahabjamee, 45, was in guarded but stable condition Saturday at Sacred Heart Hospital, nursing supervisor Rory Herring said.

The couple's 5-year-old daughter and Mrs. Teynorzadeh's 8-year-old brother were unharmed and are staying with another relative, Cotton said.

Neighbor Leta Witcher said the couple had had marital problems because Teynorzadeh didn't want his wife to work or go to school. One day he ripped wires out of his wife's car to keep her home, she said.

Mike Taylor, who lives with Witcher, said Teynorzadeh objected to his wife's independence. Taylor said he found his neighbor to be friendly and polite.

"You couldn't get off the driveway without talking to Ali if he was outside," Taylor said. "Anything you ever needed, Ali swore he'd be there for you."