Slain Chapel Hill woman's children to live in Africa
Posted May 31, 2012
Updated June 1, 2012
Hillsborough, N.C. — The children of a woman who was gunned down last week outside a Chapel Hill elementary school will move to Tunisia to live with their maternal grandparents, a District Court judge ordered Thursday.
Ali Cherfaoui, the children's father, has been charged with first-degree murder in Chanaz Kebaier's death.
He agreed to the judge's order during a custody hearing at the Orange County Courthouse in Hillsborough.
A lawyer for the children said the family simply wants the best for them.
"Our main goal is just to protect (them) as much as we can and to get as much of what they're entitled to, so that they have funds available within the family (to) raise these children as Chanaz would have wanted them raised," attorney Donna Ambler Rice said.
The children's ages have not been released, but they both attended Mary Scroggs Elementary, where the shooting happened May 25. Court records show that Cherfaoui and Kebaier were in the middle of a nasty split.
Earlier this week, a judge barred Cherfaoui from having any contact with his children or Kebaier's family.