Woman Fatally Stabbed Teen Niece, Friend in Rancho Santa Fe Before Killing Herself: Officials

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A woman killed her friend and teenage niece before committing suicide in Rancho Santa Fe, authorities say. (Credit: KSWB)

Fears of financial ruin and emotional pressure may have driven a woman to kill her teenage niece and a family friend, then herself, in the girl’s luxury Rancho Santa Fe home, a family attorney said Friday.

Sheriff’s homicide investigators released autopsy results that showed Hannah Ayra, 15, and Los Angeles real estate broker Ihnwon Mia Shin, 56, had been stabbed to death; Sayeh Amini, 52, committed suicide, officials said.

Homicide detective Lt. Kenn Nelson said he planned to explain the events to the victims’ families in person early next week before he releases more details about the double-murder/suicide case.

The killings occurred Monday inside the home owned by Hannah’s father, Michael Ayra, before his death in April. Friends and family members have said Hannah came home from an Arizona boarding school with Shin, a longtime friend and business associate of her father, joining her as a sort of chaperone.

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