Pakistani-American Photographer, Vocal About Divorce On TikTok, Killed By Ex-Husband

A man travelled from his home in Georgia and fatally shot his ex-wife in her condo in Streeterville, Chicago on Monday before turning the gun on himself, according to police reports. Officers went to Sania Khan’s apartment at about 4:30 p.m. that day after they received a call for a welfare check. When they arrived, they heard the sound of a gunshot and a man groaning, the press reported, citing a police report.

Chicago police was told that Raheel Ahmed, 36, and his wife, 29-year-old Sania Khan, were “going through a divorce,” according to the reports. He was depressed and travelled to her place “to salvage the marriage.”

Once inside the condo, the officers found Khan, 29, unresponsive near the door with a gunshot wound to the back of the head and blood on her face.

Ahmad was discovered in a bedroom with a head injury. A handgun was found in his hand and a suicide note was discovered nearby, according to the report.

Khan was pronounced dead at the scene according to Chicago police and the medical examiner’s office. Ahmad was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where he also died.

Who was Sania Khan?

Khan was a Pakistani-American professional photographer who moved to Chicago from Chattanooga in June 2021, according to her website.

“I used to love travel so much that I was a flight attendant,” she wrote. “My favourite layover was always Chicago and who would have known 2 years later I would have moved there?”

Khan also posted about her marital and personal struggles on TikTok.

In one post, she wrote: “Going through a divorce as a South Asian Woman feels like you failed at life sometimes,” she wrote.

“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 a marriage that they shouldn’t have been in, to begin with.”

Two of her friends told the Chicago Sun-Times that Khan and Ahmad divorced in May. A friend of Khan’s wrote on Facebook: “My friend was someone who took all the right steps. She left. She had a restraining order. She changed her locks.”

A user on Twitter paid tribute and wrote, “Hearing about Sania Khan absolutely breaks my heart. Time and time again women in our community are subject to domestic violence and emotional abuse yet told to stick it out and stay in a miserable marriage due to the shame it would bring to the woman’s family.”