Boys, ages 13, 14 and 17, arrested in connection with Dearborn woman's murder

Saja Aljanabi fatally shot in front of her family's home

DEARBORN, Mich. – A 13-year-old, a 14-year-old and a 17-year-old were taken into custody Saturday, the day after 29-year-old Saja Aljanabi was killed, according to confirmed sources.

UPDATE: The teens have been charged with murder -- read here.

Aljanabi was shot Sept. 6 in front of her family's home near the intersection of Tireman Avenue and Bingham Street.

Saja Aljanabi
Saja Aljanabi

Dearborn police said they believe Aljanabi's death is connected to two other armed robberies that occurred around the same time. In one of them, a person was robbed at gunpoint about a mile away from the home. The other incident happened a few blocks away.

The three boys were arrested just after 10 p.m. Dearborn police have not made any comment on the arrests, but sources have confirmed to Local 4 that they are being held in the shooting death of Aljanabi.

The 14-year-old was wearing a court-ordered electronic tether on his ankle at the time of the death. Information from the tether puts the teen at the scene of the fatal shooting, confirmed sources said.

The three teens were reportedly on a robbery spree that night -- committing multiple armed robberies, including at least three in Dearborn.

When they allegedly ambushed Aljanabi, one of the teens reportedly opened fire.

Brother was texting her

Her brother, Ali Aljanabi, said it may sound simple, but the details of his sister's murder are more complex than that. Ali said they were texting Friday night around 9:45. He sent her a message. He asked her about her location.

"She goes ‘At the door.' I didn't understand, what she meant by door. I was like what door? She read it but she didn't answer me. I was sitting inside, and I heard shots fired, when I heard that, I thought something dropped on the floor," said Aljanabi.

Ali said he went to the front door.

"I saw the car. I saw half of her body lying, facing the floor. Half of her legs were inside. I pulled her out from the car, flipped her around, trying to keep her going, like she was hardly breathing," he said.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Dearborn Police Department at 313-943-2240.

A GoFundMe account has been set up to help pay Aljanabi's funeral costs. You can donate here.

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