A man traveled from his home in Georgia and fatally shot his ex-wife at his condominium in Streeterville on Monday afternoon before turning the gun on himself as officers tried to break inside, according to police reports.
Officers arrived at the building on the 200 block of East Ohio Street around 4:30 p.m. after police in Alpharetta, Georgia requested a wellness check on 36-year-old Raheel Ahmed, according to reports. His family had reported him missing in the suburbs of Atlanta, where he lived.
An Alpharetta officer told Chicago police that Ahmed and his wife, Sania Khan, 29, were “divorcing,” according to the reports. He was depressed and went here “to save the marriage”.
As officers knocked on the door, they heard a single gunshot and “a verbal whimper,” reports say.
When they entered, officers found Khan unconscious near the door with a gunshot wound to the back of her head and blood on her face that had already dried, a source said. Ahmed was found in a bedroom and also shot in the head, according to reports.
He was holding a 9mm Glock handgun and a suicide note was found nearby, according to reports.
Khan was pronounced dead at the scene, according to Chicago police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office. Ahmed was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where he also died.
His death was ruled a homicide, according to the medical examiner’s office. His death was listed as a suicide.
Khan was a photographer and wrote on her professional website that she moved to Chicago in June last year after growing up in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
“I used to love traveling so much that I was a flight attendant,” she wrote. “My favorite stopover has always been Chicago and who would have known 2 years later that I would have moved there?”
Her work was dedicated to capturing “life’s most precious moments,” she writes, and her website includes photos of happy weddings and couples. “I help people fall in love with themselves and each other on camera!” she wrote in her Instagram bio.
Following her sudden death, Khan’s friends remembered her on social media.
“You were beginning the next chapter of your life when you left us,” wrote a friend on Facebook, “and I hope that wherever you are, this next chapter will bring you the happiness and success you have always dreamed of. “
Domestic violence continued to rise in Chicago and across Illinois last year as pandemic-induced isolation and economic uncertainty made it harder for victims to get help, according to a report released earlier this month.
A statewide domestic violence hotline received nearly 30,000 calls in 2021, up 5%, and the number of murders and shootings involving domestic relationships in Chicago has increased up nearly two-thirds from 2020, according to “Measuring Safety: Gender-based Violence in Illinois” by The Network, a Chicago-based advocacy organization.
People seeking help should call 911 or the statewide hotline at (877) 863-6338.