TikTok star’s mother Sania Khan, killed in murder-suicide, sues apartment building for wrongful death

In July, the estranged husband of a 29-year-old woman traveled from Georgia to his apartment building in Chicago to kill her and himself in a murder-suicide after posting about their failed marriage on social media.

Now Shazia Khan, mother of late TikTok star Sania Khan, accuses her daughter’s building of facilitating the murder-suicide in a wrongful death lawsuit filed earlier this week.

“The story of Sania Khan is a tragic story that should have been avoided. The defendants had known for more than [seven] months that Sania’s ex-husband posed a significant threat to her life,” Chicago attorney Mike Gallagher, who is handling the case, told Fox News Digital in a statement. “And despite this knowledge , the defendants allowed him to pass through security before escorting him into the secure part of the building, without even asking to see his identification.”

Gallagher added that if building management staff had followed their own policies, they would have discovered that Sania’s ex-husband, Raheel Ahmad, “was on a block list for the building.” . They also allegedly prevented him from entering and passing through the building without showing his ID card, he said.

A Chicago Police Department (CPD) incident report says police responded to the 200 block of East Ohio Street in Chicago on July 18 around 4:30 p.m. when they located Ahmad, 36, and Sania, his ex -Pakistani-American wife. , both of whom died with gunshot wounds to the head.


Chicago police located Raheel Ahmad, 36, and his Pakistani-American ex-wife, Sania Khan, who both died with gunshot wounds to the head on July 18.
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Police in Alpharetta, Georgia, where Ahmad was living at the time of their deaths, asked the CPD to perform a medical checkup on the 36-year-old, who was a medical student at the time, after his family apparently reported him missing. Atlanta area. A Georgian officer also alerted CPD that the couple “were going through a divorce” and that Ahmad had traveled to Chicago “to save the marriage.”


“She is very upset that Sania did everything she could to protect herself, including removing [Ahmad] of the lease,” Gallagher said of Sania’s mother, adding that management and staff who worked at Khan’s building — The Grand Ohio in Chicago’s Streeterville neighborhood — didn’t stop to check on the Ahmad’s identity or alert Sania Khan that he had entered the building that day. in July, despite Sania Khan alerting the building to the threat he posed to her.

Sania Khan, 29, is believed to have died in a murder-suicide committed by her ex-husband, Raheel Ahmad, 36.

Sania Khan, 29, is believed to have died in a murder-suicide committed by her ex-husband, Raheel Ahmad, 36.
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Video obtained by Shazia’s lawyer shows Ahmad entering the building on July 18 and walking past security without showing identification. He met a real estate agent – ​​who is seen on tape showing his own ID to security at a management office – to view apartments. After two visits, Ahmad reportedly told the estate agent he didn’t want to see any more apartments and told him he was going to meet friends in the building, at which point they drifted away.

Ahmad ended up going up to the 28th floor, where he apparently entered Sania’s apartment and shot himself in the head.

The 36-year-old can also be seen carrying a garment bag in the footage, which Gallagher said contained Sania’s wedding dress.

Sania Khan wrote in a TikTok post that

Sania Khan wrote in a TikTok post that “you’re not a failure because your marriage didn’t work out.”
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He did so despite having been previously banned from the building due to previous threats he made to Sania, according to Gallagher.


The lawsuit isn’t just about blaming the building for failing to prevent the 29-year-old’s murder, Gallagher said. This is that management has not fulfilled “its normal security protocols by verifying ID or notifying [Sania]that he had entered the building, as well as the building’s alleged knowledge that Ahmad posed a threat to one of its residents.

Prior to the apparent murder-suicide, Khan posted uplifting videos on TikTok about escaping a toxic marriage and moving on with his life.

Some of Sania Khan's TikTok posts signaled a lack of support from her family over her life choices.

Some of Sania Khan’s TikTok posts signaled a lack of support from her family over her life choices.
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“Going through a divorce as a South Asian woman sometimes feels like a failure in life,” she wrote in a video from last month. “The way the community labels you, the lack of emotional support you receive, and the pressure to stay with someone because ‘what people will say’ isolates you. This makes it more difficult for women to leave marriages in which they shouldn’t have been started with.”

In another recent post showing off a new Roman numeral tattoo for the number 28, she said 28 was the year she got married, filed for divorce, and “nearly died.” Other messages pointed to a lack of support from his family on his life choices.


“Sania’s murder caught international attention not because of the act itself, but because of the person she was,” Gallagher said. “In the last [six] months of her life, Sania took to social media to discuss a taboo subject in South Asian and Muslim communities. The issue of divorce and domestic violence. Sania shared her story and inner strength with others in hopes they would find the courage to stand up for themselves.”

Shazia Khan is “crushed” by what she believes to be her daughter’s wrongful death. “She lost her eldest daughter, [who] was beautiful, talented, intelligent, extremely compassionate and had a very bright future,” Gallagher said.

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