A photographer living in Chicago was allegedly shot and killed by her ex-husband, who’s accused of traveling hundreds of miles from his home in Georgia to carry out the deadly crime before dying by suicide.
In the weeks prior to her death, Sania Khan opened up about her divorce on social media, specifically on TikTok. In one video she discussed the cultural stigmas surrounding the process for the South Asian community while also touching on her pain and struggle.
“Going through a divorce as South Asian woman feels like you failed at life sometimes,” she captioned one clip.
In another, Khan wrote that it can be “painful to walk away from someone you once loved. But it’s even more painful to love someone who is careless with your heart.”
On Monday, the 29-year-old photographer was discovered dead inside her apartment. She was found near the door with a fatal gunshot wound to the back of the head and pronounced dead on the scene, sources told the Chicago-Sun Times on Wednesday.
Authorities at the time were performing a wellness check requested by the family of 36-year-old Raheel Ahmad, Khan’s ex-husband, according to the police report. They reported him missing from an Atlanta suburb, where he’d been living. He was found in a bedroom of the apartment with a head injury.
Ahmad was rushed to Northwestern Hospital where he was pronounced dead a short time later.
Both a handgun and suicide note were recovered from the scene.
An officer told the Sun-Times that Ahmad had been struggling with the divorce and that he traveled to Khan’s home “to salvage the marriage.”
Friends said their divorce was finalized back in May.