A 20-year-old Turkish man has been arrested after murdering his sister and mother at a home in Allen, Texas, police said.
Police said they responded to a disturbance call at around 9:15 a.m. April 24 and found the two victims, 17-year-old Burcu Hezar and 51-year-old Işıl Borat, stabbed to death.
Through an investigation, police said they determined the suspect was Burak Hezar, who was not at the scene when officers arrived.
“The stepfather came home,” said Sgt. John Felty with the Allen Police Department. “…They [he and Burak Hezar] were there together for a period of time, and then the stepfather discovers that there’s a problem, that a crime has occurred, and he apparently, they had words. The stepfather makes his way out of the house to summon police.”
In an update April 25, Felty said it appeared Hezar made his way to Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport through rideshare vehicles.
According to Felty, the suspect had a ticket to San Francisco, where his biological father lives, but apparently decided to “abandon the idea to get on the plane.” Felty said it appeared Hezar went to various car rental locations at the airport but was unable to rent a vehicle.
“We’re very thankful DFW Airport police was able to track him down and take him into custody without incident,” Felty said. Police would only say he was located somewhere on airport property.
The 20-year-old was booked into Collin County Jail on two counts of capital murder. His bond is set at $2 million.
“All the members of the Allen Police Department express our deepest sympathy to this family for their loss,” police said in a statement.
“It’s horrible,” said one of the many friends who came by the home on April 25 to drop off flowers in memory of the victims. “It’s really shouldn’t have happened. We’re still in shock. There’s nothing to say. What can you say?”
Felty said the 17-year-old victim, Burcu Hezar, was a student at Allen High School. Her friends describe her as a talented artist with a big heart.
“I just can’t believe it,” another friend said. “She gave so much love, and she was the most encouraging person in the world. There’s no way you could hate her. You could only give her love.”
A longtime family friend told CBS 11 News that Burcu and her brother were close and that the family was quiet.
“They wouldn’t yell a lot,” she said. “The mother, Işıl, was just very compassionate. She cared for her children. Everything she did was for her children.”