The dead included parents Hossam and Amal, and daughters Sylvia, 15, and Monica, 8. All were bound, gagged and stabbed numerous times. Some reports noted the "ritualistic cutting of the throats." Another possible motive was reported by the excellent JihadWatch.org: someone close to the case suggests that Hossam's work to convert Muslims to Christianity was what engendered the mass-murdering fury.
They believed that Christians would be free and safe in America.
There was evidently money stolen from the Armanious' home, so police are reportedly also investigating the possibility that the crime was merely a horrific robbery rather than a jihadist attack.
But the Copts aren't buying that scenario, and the U.S. Copts Association sent out a press release that expressed no doubt who the killers were. Unlike many citizens who remain in denial that America has determined enemies (many of whom live in this country), Coptic Christians know Islam is not, whatever George Bush says, “religion of peace." Interestingly, when the Jersey Muslims held a recent "interfaith" meeting to defuse tensions, no representatives of other religions saw fit to attend.