Son, 16, arraigned in mom’s slaying in Farmington Hills

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Farmington Hills — A teenager has been charged with second-degree murder in the investigation of his 35-year-old mother’s death.

Farmington Hills police say the 16-year-old, Muhammad Altantawi was arraigned via video Monday in 47th District Court and will be tried as an adult.

Authorities received a 911 call on Aug. 21 at 6:40 a.m. from a home in the 36900 block of Howard Street. The caller said a woman, Nada Huranieh, was the victim of an accident and was unconscious.

Farmington Hills Assistant Chief, Matt Koehn said Huranieh was found on the backyard patio. Koehn said the office is still investigating whether she was pushed or forced out of a window, but have determined her death was not an accident.

Her son is being held without bond in Children’s Village, the county youth home. A pre-examination conference is scheduled for Sept. 15.

Huranieh had been a fitness trainer at the Franklin Athletic Club since January. She taught three classes specializing in weight loss, balance and stability, muscle toning and strength, according to her personal trainer profile.

Huranieh’s estranged husband, Bassel Altantawi, 45, was arrested last year and charged in with nine counts of Medicare fraud and 12 counts of health care fraud in May 2016.

Both were scheduled to give cross-depositions in the pending divorce case this week, according to Huranieh’s attorney, Robert Zivian. Calls to Altantawi were not returned.

“She was compassionate, eager and enthusiastic to do better for her kids,” said Huranieh's friend, Nada Kourdi.

Huranieh lived with her 16-year-old son and two daughters. She was the daughter of Haytham Huranieh and Nadia Hakim.

Her funeral was held at the Muslim Community Mosque in Farmington Hills on Friday and was buried later the same day at a cemetery in Novi.

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