A 29-year-old woman was reportedly killed by her ex-husband in a murder-suicide after publicly sharing her divorce journey on Tiktok, according to police.
Photographer Sania Khan was shot and killed by her ex Raheel Ahmed, 36, who had travelled from his home in a suburb of Atlanta, Georgia, to Khan's new residence in Chicago, a police report obtained by the Chicago Sun-Times reveals.
Chicago police told ABC News officers arrived at the scene to find a woman and a man, each with gunshot wounds to their heads. A weapon was also recovered there.
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The woman was pronounced dead at the scene, while the man was taken to Northwestern Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.
Cook County Coroner's office confirmed their identities and said that Khan's death was ruled a homicide, while Ahmed's death was a suicide.
Khan, originally from Chattanooga, Tennessee, had used TikTok as an outlet to discuss her struggles with married life and how divorce had helped her find empowerment and begin a new life under the username 'geminigirl_099'.
According to the woman's page, her marriage to Ahmed lasted less than a year before she filed for divorce.
The Pakistani-American photographer also shared the difficulties she had faced with her family and members of the South Asian community who didn't approve of her divorce, as well as encouraging women to 'stop ignoring those red flags'.
"Going through a divorce as a South Asian Woman feels like you failed at life sometimes," she wrote in one video.
"The way the community labels you, the lack of emotional support you receive, and the pressure to stay with someone because 'what will people say' is isolating.
"It makes it harder for women to leave marriages that they shouldn't have been in to begin with."
In another video, she wrote that family members had 'lectured' her publicly in a coffee shop after her TikTok about her divorce went viral.
"Women are always expected to stay silent," she wrote. "It's what keeps us in messed up situations in the first place. I'm done with this mentality."
Police arrived at Khan's apartment to conduct a welfare check for Ahmed after family members reported him missing.
Cops who arrived on the schene in Alpharetta, Georgia, were told he could be at Khan's residence, prompting the visit by Chicago police that led to the discovery of the bodies, a spokesperson for the Alpharetta police department told ABC News
A GoFundMe set up to help the grieving family pay for her funeral expenses received more than $35,000 worth of donations by Friday afternoon.
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