Sania Khan, a Pakistani American photographer, was shot and killed by her ex-husband, Raheel Ahmed, 36, who traveled from his home in Alpharetta, Georgia to her new residence in Chicago.
Chicago police said a man and woman were shot dead inside a residence on Monday afternoon. A weapon was recovered from the scene.
Police in Chicago were told that Ahmed could be at Khan’s residence in Chicago, and they conducted a welfare check at the request of the police in Georgia. There they discovered that both Khan and Ahmed were deceased.
According to Sania Khan’s posts on TikTok, her marriage lasted less than a year before filing for divorce. She urged women to “stop ignoring red flags” and shared her struggles with her own family and some in her community who pressured her to stay married to avoid a stigma.
In another video, she wrote that women are expected to stay silent and that it keeps them in messed-up situations.
@geminigirl_099 Can we normalize imperfection in our community? #southasian #southasianproblems #desi #mentalhealth ♬ MEAN! – Madeline The Person
Khan showed off her first tattoo, “XXVIII,” on the eve of her 29th birthday. She wrote that 28 was the year that “changed f – — everything”.
In the U.S., more than 10 million adults experience domestic violence annually, and most victims are women ages 18 to 34.
In 2021, the Illinois Domestic Violence Hotline received 32,363 calls, a 9% increase from 2020. There were also 121 domestic violence-related shootings in Chicago.
For more on this story, please consider these sources:
- Georgia man traveled to Chicago and fatally shot ex-wife at Streeterville condo, then killed himself as cops – Chicago Sun Times
- Sania Khan’s Killing Sparks South Asian Community Reflection | Time
- Chicago murder-suicide: Man kills ex-wife in Streeterville after she talks about divorce on TikTok – WLS TV