Newly divorced professional photographer was killed in her Chicago home by her ex after she started opening up about her divorce and healing journey on social media
After the series of TikTok clips Sania Khan was shot dead by her ex-husband Raheel Ahmad in murder-suicide after the video about her divorce stating that she’d ‘never been happier’
Police report that Ahmad traveled from his home in Alpharetta, Georgia, because he was ‘depressed’ and wanted to ‘salvage the marriage’
Ahmad, 36, and Khan, 29, who were married for a year, finalized the divorce back in May
and TikTok star Sania Khan, 29, was shot dead by Raheel Ahmad, 36, after she started opening up about her divorce and healing journey on social media’
Officers reported hearing a single gunshot and a ‘verbal groan’ when they knocked on Sania Khan’s condominium door in Streeterville, Chicago, last Monday
A woman was shot dead by her ex-husband in a murder-suicide when he traveled 710 miles to ‘salvage’ their marriage after she posted about her divorce journey on TikTok.
Sania Khan, 29, was killed in her own home by Raheel Ahmad, 36, after she started opening up about her divorce and healing journey on social media.
The recently divorced woman had been vulnerable on social media about her struggles with her marriage as a South Asian woman. She was found dead last Monday.
The Pakistani-American photographer wrote online that she had ‘never been happier’ just weeks before she was killed by her ex-husband in Streeterville, Chicago.
She was found by police with a gunshot wound to the back of her head on July 18.
In one TikTok, she revealed that their marriage lasted less than a year before she filed for a divorce – and she told her fans that she was excited for her new chapter in life.
She wrote in one clip: ‘The first few months of any divorce journey is the darkest. It’s full of anxiety, sleepless nights, wondering if you’re doing the right thing.
‘You are not a failure because your marriage did not work out. Be gentle with your heart during this stage.’
She also told her 16,000 followers that she’d finally ‘reclaimed her autonomy’ and got her first tattoo to represent the number 28 – which was the year she ‘got married, moved from a small town to one of the largest cities in the county, filed for divorce.’
Khan added: ‘It’s the year that changed f****** everything. Tomorrow, I’ll wake up as a 29-year-old. Here’s to new beginnings. I’m so happy.’
According to police reports, 36-year-old Ahmad traveled from his home in Alpharetta, Georgia, because he was ‘depressed’ and wanted to ‘salvage the marriage.’
According to friends, the couple finalized the divorce back in May.
However, 29-year-old Sania Khan’s excited anticipation of resetting and embarking on a new chapter of her life as a single woman came crashing last week after she was killed by her ex-husband at her home in Chicago.
The police report states: “In the 200 block of E. Ohio, on July 18, 2022, at approx. 4:30 p.m., a female, 29, and a male, 36, were discovered unresponsive inside of a residence, both with gunshot wounds to the head,” police said.
Ahmad police said, killed his ex-wife and then turned the gun on himself as police arrived at the scene.
Officers reported hearing a single gunshot and a ‘verbal groan’ when they knocked on her condominium door in Chicago last Monday.
They rushed to the scene after his family in Atlanta, Georgia, reported him missing and local police requested a well-being check on him.
When they entered, the officers found the unresponsive woman near the door with a gunshot wound to the back of the head and blood on her face that had already dried.
Ahmad was found in the bedroom with a shot in the head, according to Chicago Sun Times. He was allegedly holding a 9mm Glock handgun and a suicide note was found nearby.
Khan, who posted videos on TikTok speaking openly about her divorce in a bid to help others in her position, was pronounced dead at the scene.
The shooter was rushed to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where he later died.
The medical examiner’s office listed Khan’s death as a homicide, and Ahmad’s was ruled suicide.
Friends of the woman said that she and Ahmad split last winter, and divorced in May this year.
Grant, a friend of Khan’s from high school, wrote on social media: ‘You were stepping into the next chapter of your life when you left us, and I hope that wherever you are this next chapter brings you the happiness and success you were always wanting.’
The photographer, who specialized in capturing ‘life’s most precious moment’s at weddings, moved to Chicago last year after growing up in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Hundreds of tributes have been paid to her under her TikTok videos following the tragic news.
One person wrote: ‘I hope you find the peace you searched for in the next life.’ While another added: ‘You deserved to live your new life in peace. I’m so sorry you’re gone, your light is missed.’