Man talks about brother's murder; Phoenix police seek public's help

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PHOENIX – A Phoenix man can't fathom why anyone would murder his brother.

"He'd give you the shirt off his back," Sohrab Navai said of his younger brother, Asadaram Navaee.

Navaee, 60, followed his older brother to the United States and after 30 years in the country, he was murdered and police still don't have any suspects or a motive.

"He was a very nice man," Navai said. "He didn't hurt anybody. He was just happy living a simple life."

Navai said they were very close and he misses his brother terribly.

"He was a very kind soul," Navai said. "He lived a very simple life and he really didn't have much and he didn't want much."

Navaee was found murdered in his pickup truck in the 2400 block of East Brill Street, south of McDowell Road, three days after Christmas. Police believe Navaee was killed between 7 p.m. on Dec. 24 and 9 a.m. on Dec. 28.

"We were supposed to get together for Christmas, so I knew there was something wrong," Navai said. "I was just hoping that he would still be alive."

The manager of Navaee's small apartment a short distance from the crime scene reported him missing.

"I loved that guy, I miss him," Kavyan Peglary said. "That's the only friend I have."

Although having two college degrees, the Iranian immigrant sold batteries from his home.

Police don't have a suspect, but Peglary said Navaee was in conflict with the maintenance man over a camera in the fence. The camera has disappeared and so has the maintenance man.

Peglary said the man took off without any notice.

Adding to the mystery, Navaee's other vehicle is also missing. The stolen car is a white 1991 Hyundai Scoupe with the Arizona license plate AEK9227.

"If they wanted his car or his money or whatever they wanted to get from him, he would have given it to them," Navai said. "There was no reason to kill him."

Police don't believe Navaee was actually killed in his truck or necessarily where he lived, so they say they definitely need the public's help.

There is a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest. Anyone with any information regarding this investigation is asked to call Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS.

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