What happened to Sania Khan? | The victim of murder in ‘Tik Tok: Murder Gone Viral’

Sania Khan

What happened to Sania Khan? 

Sania Khan was a Pakistani American who was murdered by her estranged husband, Raheel Ahmad, in Chicago in July 2022. 

Khan was killed after she shared her divorce experience on TikTok. Ahmad turned up at the apartment under the guise of viewing apartments with an estate agent. He gained access to her residence and shot Khan dead. Ahmad then shot himself before police arrived at the scene.

What happened leading up to the murder? 

Sania Khan and Raheel Ahmad got married in June 2021 after about 5 years of dating. Khan was a photographer and she moved to Chicago with Ahmad after they married. Ahmad was known to have mental breakdowns and threatened to kill himself on a few occasions. Khan filed for divorce in late 2021. Khan stayed in Chicago while Ahmad moved to Georgia and their divorce was set to be finalised in August 2022.

Khan started sharing her experience of filing for divorce with her TikTok followers. Divorce and domestic violence were a taboo subject in the Asian community, and she was both praised and vilified for sharing her experiences. At the time of her death, Khan had more than 20,000 followers on her TikTok account.

Ahmad travelled all the way from Georgia to Khan’s Chicago residence where he shot her in the back of the head before killing himself.

What happened after Khan’s death? 

Khan’s funeral was held on the 28th July 2022. A GoFundMe campaign raised over $36,000 to fund her funeral. Khan’s death began an international conversation in the South Asian community about gender-based domestic violence.

On the 3rd of October 2022, Khan’s family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against her daughter’s apartment building, claiming they let Ahmad into the building despite him being banned for being a serious threat to Khan. 

TikTok: Murder Gone Viral Series 1 Episode 2 focused on the story of Khan’s murder and was released on ITV1 on Tuesday 6th February 2024.

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