Boonton family of woman allegedly killed by husband's mistress wins custody of her children

08/17/2012

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BOONTON — The boys will live in Boonton.


The family of Nazish Noorani, the woman whose murder was allegedly plotted by her husband, Kashif Parvaiz, and carried out by a female friend from Boston, was granted custody of the couple’s two sons. Shayaan, 3, and Riyaan, 6, will live with Noorani’s sister and brother in Boonton, according to Freda Khan, lawyer for the Noorani family. The Parvaiz family will have visitation rights, Khan said. The two families had been sharing custody for nearly a year.

"My clients are very happy," Khan said. "The only way we can describe it is as a bittersweet outcome. They are happy but this will never replace the loss of the their sister." Noorani died of multiple gunshots to the chest. She and Parvaiz were visiting Noorani's family during the celebration of Ramadan. Parvaiz, 26, and Antoinette Stephen, 27, of Billerica, Mass., were both charged with her murder.

 

Morris County Assistant Prosecutor Matt Troiano has said his office has no intention of offering either defendant a chance to plead guilty in exchange for a reduced sentence. Stephen was also indicted on charges of aggravated assault and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon for allegedly wounding Parvaiz to make it look like he was not involved in the attack on his wife. The murder sparked national interest after Parvaiz told police that shots were fired by three men who shouted racial epithets and called the Muslim family "terrorists."

 

But his story fell apart as investigators questioned him at Morristown Medical Center, and he admitted to arranging the shooting of his Pakistan-born wife, according to a court affidavit.