This is the best tl;dr I could make, [original](http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2017/09/syrian-american-journalist-and-her-mother-murdered-in-turkey.html
) reduced by 79%. (I'm a bot)
> A young Syrian-American journalist her mother, both well-known activists opposing the regime of Syrian president Bashar Assad, were found brutally murdered in their apartment in Istanbul on Thursday.
> 23-year old Halla Barakat, who was born in America, worked as the English editor for the opposition site Orient News and also freelanced for ABC. Her mother, Dr. Orouba Barakat, was an active member of the Syrian National Coalition, a prominent expatriate opposition group, and had been exiled by the Syrian regime in the 1980s.
> The Barakats were very active in trying to secure Mueller's release, lobbying the U.S. embassy in Turkey and working with Kayla's parents, Carl and Marsha Mueller.
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