A Nigeria doctoral student and former Nigerian beauty queen, Najeebat Sule, was found shot dead inside her car parked close to her residence, Daily Mail reports.
After three weeks, the Police have not been able to gather any substantial information surrounding her death leaving her family searching for answers. According to reports, she recently earned a Master’s degree in public health from West Chester University and was crowned a second runner-up at the Miss Nigeria International pageant.
The 24-year-old was killed before 6 pm on March 12, few meters away from her home in the 8800 block of Frankford Avenue. It was later gathered that Magaji was the last person to have seen Sule alive as the duo spent time together in Magaji’s house eating snacks and watching Netflix.
Najeebat was shot several times in her grey Toyota Corolla while exchanging text messages with Magaji. According to Adewale Sule, the father of Najeebat, he saw the man shoot at his daughter and he chased him.
“I saw the guy shooting my daughter. He shot the last round, and I pursued him. He ran back to his car,” said the father.
Regrettably, doctors of the Jefferson Torresdale Hospital declared Najeet dead 30 minutes later after they rushed her to the health center.
Her mother, Tawakalitu Sule, said she last heard from Najeet less than two hours before the shooting when her daughter asked her when she was going to be home.
“All of my children have been crying every day because of their big sister. They really miss her. I miss my daughter,” she said.
In 2019, she was crowned a second runner-up at the Miss Nigeria International pageant.
“Queen Najibat was an amazing young lady whose presence at the Miss Nigerian beauty pageant left a great ripple that continues to resonate,” pageant organizers wrote on Facebook.
“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.”
“She was very talented, smart, and funny,” one of her siblings told 6abc.
According to Fox29, Sule forms part of the 120 people who have died in a surge in gun violence in Philadelphia so far this year.
The family is currently staying at an undisclosed location over unspecified concerns for their safety, Sule and her family immigrated to Philadelphia from their native Nigeria in the early 2000s.