A former Nigerian magnificence queen and doctorate scholar has been shot dead whereas sitting in her automotive in entrance of her household’s dwelling in Philadelphia.
24-year-old Najeebat Sule, who was recognized to her family members as Najee, was killed as she was texting a buddy in her Toyota shortly earlier than 6pm on March 12, simply steps away from her residence in the 8800 block of Frankford Avenue.
At the second, police haven’t discovered a motive and have made no arrests, leaving Najeebat’s household and associates looking for solutions. They have additionally gone into hiding for concern of their very own lives.
“I can’t think of anything that would make anyone want to kill her,” Najeebat’s shut buddy Habibat Magaji, informed the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Magaji was amongst the final folks to have seen Najeebat alive earlier than she was shot. The two ladies had spent the night time earlier than at Magaji’s dwelling, consuming snacks and watching Netflix collectively.
Less than 24 hours later, Najeebat was sitting in her grey Toyota Corolla, exchanging textual content messages with Magaji, when an unidentified man walked as much as the car with a gun drawn and shot her a number of instances.
Najeebat’s father, Adewale Sule, heard the gunfire and got here out from the home simply in time to see the suspect hearth the final of the pictures at his daughter.
Mr Sule stated: “I saw the guy shooting my daughter. He shot the last round and I pursued him. He ran back to his car.”
Najeet was rushed to Jefferson Torresdale Hospital, the place she was pronounced dead about half-hour later.
Her mom, Tawakalitu Sule, stated she final heard from Najeebat lower than two hours earlier than the capturing, when her daughter requested her when she was going to be dwelling.
“All of my children have been crying every day because of their big sister. They really miss her. I miss my daughter,” she stated.
Najeet is survived by her dad and mom and two sisters.
“She was very talented, smart and funny,” considered one of her siblings informed 6abc.
The household are at present staying at an undisclosed location over unspecified issues for his or her security. Sule and her household moved to Philadelphia from Nigeria in the early 2000s.
Sule had solely just lately earned a Master’s diploma in public well being from West Chester University and was pursuing a doctorate.
In 2019, she was topped a second runner-up at the Miss Nigeria International pageant.
The pageant organisers wrote on Facebook following her dying,
“Queen Najibat was an amazing young lady whose presence at the Miss Nigerian beauty pageant left a great ripple that continues to resonate. She was a breath of fresh air and her presence added a distinct touch that made the event memorable. She carried herself with great dignity and grace and her strength of character and approachability made her such a joy to work with.”