Authorities revealed that Mohammad Almaru, the father of slain Mia Maro, has been arrested and charged with first-degree murder in his daughter’s gruesome death.
42-year-old Mohammad killed the 17-year-old Tinley Park student, who was found dead inside of her home over the weekend. Court documents released on Wednesday, May 4, outlined the graphic details of what led up to the teenager’s murder.
Physical evidence recovered at the scene suggested that Mia had been brutally beaten with a metal pole and a rubber mallet.
Investigators unearthed a letter that Mohammad wrote to his son after allegedly beating his daughter within an inch of her life, aside from text messages that showed the suspect’s sisters frantically trying to contact Mia in the days leading up to the discovery of her body, NBC Chicago reported.
Police said Mohammad was laying next to his deceased daughter on Sunday, May 1, and had sustained self-inflicted cuts to his wrists and throat. The suspect, who had also ingested various medications, was taken to an area hospital where he continues to receive treatment.
#BREAKING: Tinley Park man, Mohammad Almaru, 40, charged with first degree murder in the death of 17YO Mia Maro, his daughter. Police found Almaru with self inflicted wounds to his wrist and throat now in stable condition @cbschicago pic.twitter.com/8Dd3GZTJpP— Marissa Perlman (@MPerlmanNews) May 4, 2022
On April 26, Mohammad’s sister Randa Almaru was trying to contact Mia after she did not arrive home. The teen later texted her aunt saying she had “accidentally rear-ended” someone while driving Mohammed’s vehicle and that she was afraid her father “was going to kill her.”
Court documents also revealed how Mia — who was in the last month of her senior year at Victor Andrew High School — was preparing to attend her senior prom on Friday, April 29. She had told friends and family that she had received permission to attend the dance and her father even picked out the dress she would wear at the event. However, Mohammad changed his mind the day before the dance and told his daughter he “did not trust her.”
Mia’s other aunt Linda Almaru began tracking her phone on the day of her prom to see if her niece had gone to the prom. The “Find My iPhone” tracker showed that Mia left Tinley Park on two different occasions but did not go to Chicago, where the prom was. Linda messaged Mia the following day but did not get a response. When she drove by the home, she saw that the blinds were closed. On May 1, Linda contacted her sister Randa and the pair decided they would try to purchase marijuana from Mohammad to get into the house to see if their niece was okay. Mohammad reportedly told Randa not to tell “anyone that she was coming over” as he didn’t trust anyone else.
Shortly after, Mohammad texted a photo to one of his sons showing him holding a letter. In it, he claimed that his daughter was “hiding things from him” and that he had to beat the information out of her. He said he went through her phone and “found things” his daughter had allegedly lied about. “I lost my mind, went out of control, and beat the s**t out of her, and accidental (sp) hit her in the head,” Mohammad wrote. “I laid down with her, was uncontious (sp), and woke up to her cold body.”
Mohammad answered the door when Randa arrived at the house on May 1. He asked her to sit with his wife so he could “do some paperwork.” Randa then began hearing gurgling noises coming from the bedroom. Upon entering the room, she found Mia lying on the floor, covered with a blanket. Next to her was Mohammad, with his arm draped over his daughter’s body. Randa immediately called the authorities.
Mia was pronounced dead just before 5 pm on Sunday. She had sustained multiple injuries and her death was ruled a homicide. An autopsy found she had suffered “extensive hemorrhaging and bleeding” in her brain due to repeated strikes to the head, as well as wounds to her forearms, hands, legs, and feet. Police said they found a bloody metal pole in the kitchen and a rubber mallet in the garage. They also located a tarp and bungee cords in the home. Mohammad Almaru was remanded in custody without bond. A court date was yet to be announced at the time of publication.
Mia, who was a senior at Andrew High School, was looking forward to graduating in the coming weeks. “On behalf of the entire Village of Tinley Park, I’d like to offer my sincerest condolences to everyone who knew and loved Mia,” Mayor Michael Glotz said in a statement. “By all accounts, she was a lovely young woman at the very beginning of her life, a life that she will now never get to fulfill. To her family, friends, and fellow students at Andrew High School, we mourn her passing with you.”
Randa Almaru has set up a GoFundMe page to cover her beloved niece’s funeral costs.