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Florida Woman Accused Of Stabbing Sister In The Heart Over Long-Distance Gamer Boyfriend

Fatiha Marzan, 21, is accused of using a "dagger-style knife" to stab her younger sister Sayma multiple times in the heart for allegedly flirting with the suspect's boyfriend through a video game chat, according to Orange County authorities.

By Jax Miller
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A young woman in Florida is under arrest after she allegedly stabbed her younger sister to death for flirting with her long-distance boyfriend.

Fatiha Marzan, 21, is accused of killing Sayma Marzan, 20, in their eastern Orlando home in the early morning hours of Sept. 26, according to an arrest affidavit reviewed by Oxygen.com. Fatiha allegedly confessed to Orange County Sheriff’s investigators that she used a “dagger-style knife” to stab Sayma in the heart multiple times as their family slept, the document states.

Authorities allege Fatiha spent about two weeks planning to kill Sayma after suspecting her younger sister and long-distance beau of flirting with one another through a video game. The boyfriend allegedly told Sayma that he loved her.

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On Sept. 26, Orange County deputies responded to the Southern Charm Drive address following reports of an “aggravated battery via knife” shortly after 7:30 p.m., according to the complaint. Sayma was pronounced dead on the scene about 20 minutes later.

Fatiha allegedly said Sayma began corresponding with the unnamed male while playing the futuristic-themed video game “Valorant,” which features a chat option among players.

Fatiha said she and her boyfriend had been in a long-distance relationship for about five years.

“Multiple witness interviews” revealed Fatiha took issue with her sister’s flirtatious correspondence, according to the complaint.

A police handout of Fatiha Marzan

“Sayma was flirting and made advances towards Fatiha’s boyfriend,” investigators wrote. “Fatiha and Sayma shared a bedroom in their residence and would be able to see what each other was doing easily because of the size of the bedroom. Sayma would talk to Fatiha’s boyfriend on multiple occasions and was not respectful of the relationship Fatiha had with him.”

According to the complaint, Fatiha said Sayma “had been trying to steal her boyfriend for the past year,” adding that Sayma “never respected her feelings.”

Fatiha said she confronted both her sister and her boyfriend about their alleged relationship on “multiple occasions,” but to no avail.

Fatiha allegedly admitted purchasing a "dagger-style" knife set from Amazon two weeks before the murder, hiding the weapons between her closet and backpack until opportunity struck.

“Fatiha knew based off her religion that her family would pray often and would stay up late,” officials wrote. “Fatiha said she knew she had to wait until her family was asleep.”

Fatiha allegedly told detectives she waited until 4:30 a.m. to stab her sleeping sister three to four times in the heart with the dagger. Sayma reportedly woke, saying, “What the f***?” and calling, “Help.”

At one point during her interview with detectives, Fatiha allegedly claimed, “She was moving too much,” referring to her sister’s response to the attack.

It was unclear what transpired in the 15-hour interim between when Sayma was brutally stabbed and when the crime was reported to authorities later in the evening.

Fatiha allegedly contemplated taking her own life following the stabbing but told authorities that a sibling talked her out of that notion.

Jail records show Fatiha Marzan was booked into the Orange County Corrections Department on Sept. 27 and is charged with first-degree murder with a weapon.

On Tuesday, Fatiha entered a written plea of not guilty through her public defender, who did not immediately respond to requests from Oxygen.com.