Hrant Kurkdjian was an Armenian businessman who left Damascus in 1966 for Beirut to partner in a jewelry business with Raphael Boghossian, a well-established jeweler in Lebanon. Together they created the Middle East Diamond Company. The business developed successfully when the civil war broke out in 1975. It created employment for more than 3000 workers, mostly among the armenian goldsmiths of Bourj Hamoud.Hrant was father of 2 children.
Khatoun TekeyianBorn 1958
Khatoun Tekeyan was The Middle East Diamond Company's accountant and secretary. She was in the meantime continuing her studies in accounting, successfully managing to combine her studies with her job. Of all the victims she was the one who faced the most extreme violence before she got murdered. Her body was riddled with no less than 7 bullets.
Maria Hanna MikhayelBorn 1953
Maria Mikhael was recently hired as an accountant. She began her work in january 1985, 3 months only before the murder.
Hani ZammarBorn 1957
Hani Zammar, a young employee of the Middle East Diamond Company, was the father of three young children, aged 1, 4 and 5 years at the time of the crime.
Avedik BoyadjianBorn 1925
Avedik Boyadjian, father of four children, was employed by the Middle East Diamond Company for 7 years. He was responsible for the maintenance of the offices. His youngest son, only 15 years old at the time of the murder and particularly close to his father, suffered from severe depression following his father’s violent death and he died from a stroke few months after the crime.
Raffi Nahabedian, was a friend of Avedik's eldest son. He had the nerve to drop by the house of Avedik, as a friend of the family to present his condolences the day after the murder.