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Mom wanted me to kill her, son allegedly told police

Michael Zaky Bassaly

Michael Zaky Bassaly

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Updated: October 1, 2013 6:48AM

A Downers Grove man accused of killing his mother — and already under investigation by Homeland Security — told police his mother wanted him to kill her because he had also planned to kill himself. DuPage County prosecutors said Friday.

Michael Zaky Bassaly, 27, was ordered held without bond Friday and ordered to hand over his Egyptian passport after a hearing at the DuPage County Courthouse in which prosecutors played a tape of his 911 call moments after he allegedly shot his mother, Yvonne Zaky Bassaly, 61, in the parking lot of St. Mark Coptic Orthodox Church in Burr Ridge.

On the tape, Michael Zaky Bassaly can be heard crying and pleading, saying, “I shot my mom. I shot her in the brain.”

Along with cries of “Mom” and “Please, Please, Please, Oh God,” Bassaly is heard saying “She made me do it. She wanted me to do it.”

Assistant State’s Attorney Anne Therieau said Michael Zaky Bassaly told police he had told his mother he was going to kill himself and claimed that she responded if he did there would be nobody around to take care of her, and asked that he kill her too. She then said they should go pray, and they drove to the church, prosecutors said. But prosecutors said he also said she was going to be killed one way or the other.

Several letters were found inside the car in a sealed envelope, one of which stated, “If you are reading this letter, it means I have killed my mother,” prosecutors said.

Therieau said Michael Zaky Bassaly, an Egyptian national who had claimed to work as a translator for Homeland Security, was actually being investigated by the office in connection with 120 to 130 asylum applications believed to be fake.

“Talk to the FBI, they know everything,” he told police when they arrived on the scene of the shooting, shortly after 1 a.m. Thursday, prosecutors said.

Church member Mary Alexande-Basta said Michael Zaky Bassaly, who had attended the church at one time and had been a law student, was helping many Coptic Egyptians with their asylum paperwork and getting them legal status in the U.S. Prosecutors in court Friday said it was a fake business and the paperwork he was preparing was fake.

Defense attorney Marc Wolfe called what happened in the St. Mark parking lot “a terrible accident.” He claimed statements during the 911 call were made under extreme emotional distress. Wolfe also said that while Michael Zaky Bassaly was being questioned by Burr Ridge police, he claimed his mother had shot herself and he had tried to stop her.

“He’s clearly a man under pressure,” Wolfe said.

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