Family members speaking about the incident remain sure that it was due to Nebile's worsening illness that the event took place. Nebile Vardan's sister, Guner Ozakin, said this about her sister's death: "Ihsan was very tied to my sister. They were not only spouse to one another, but it was as though they were eachother's children and equals. As my sister became worse and worse, Ilhan was distraught. To put an end to the unbearable pain of it, this is clearly what he did."