Sixth update: March 31, 2014, 4.30 pm EST: Mary’s father says there are no stab wounds on her body. [link]
Fifth update: March 31, 2014: Eyewitness says Mary was dragged and stabbed. [link]. The man who had taken Mary to the hospital was arrested and accused of murdering her [link]. Other information says the 5 had been arrested in AlMarg [link].
Fourth update: 9.43 am EST: These are the 5 men who allegedly murdered Mary in Ein Shams. They have all been apprehended except one. The man who carried Mary to the hospital was an Ikhwani demonstrator. He also led police to the people who killed her, among them his own cousin.
Third update: 8.40 pm EST: Conflicting reports – Two prominent TV shows broadcast that forensics report shows Mary was indeed stabbed, one of the wounds was a neck wound that killed her [Wael alIbrashi]. The other show [Rola Kharsa] says she received 22 stab wounds. As of now, I will refrain from writing about this topic until true information becomes available. Until then.. expect no updates.
Second Update 2pm EST: Investigation reveals 5 masked gunmen allegedly killed journalist Mayada. Mary was shot when they saw a cross in her in car. After shooting her they torched the car. Sherif Abdel Raoud, a 13 year old boy, was crossing the street and he too was shot and killed. [link]
First Update 12 pm EST: head of forensics says that Mary also died with shots in the head just like Mayada link and link. In addition forensics has yet to investigate the type of bullets in order to determine whether shots came from Ikhwan or from police].
Two fallen victims of
Ikhwan terrorism on 28 March 2014 in Ein Shams:
1- Mayada Ashraf: A lDostoor journalist, shot
by Ikhwan during clashes in Ein Shams. Ikhwan allegedly shot randomly and while covering the demonstration and clashes, Mayada was shot twice in the head. She died instantly.
2- Mary Sameh: a Coptic woman in the wrong place at the wrong time. Passing by in her car,
Ikhwan stopped her and stabbed her to death 16 times. Her wounds were fatal. [Update: head of forensics says that Mary also died with shots in the head just like Mayada link]
During Mary’s funeral the following day, 29 March, massive numbers of people attended, both Muslims and Christians, carrying crosses and Qurans and denounced Ikhwan’s terrorism. They also held banners with Mayada’s picture on them.
Two beautiful young girls: Mayada killed on duty while filming the clashes; a victim of her job that has been the target for many other journalists as well including her friend and co-worker Al Husseini Abu Deif, killed by a sniper while covering clashes in Itihadiya during Morsi’s reign. Mary, a victim of sectarianism and the deep divisions that Morsi’s regime had created and of the virulent anti-Christian rhetoric they have initiated in Egypt during his time and that continued long after his fall.
Mary and Mayada took the bullet for all of us.