Nigerian beauty queen PhD student, 24, is shot dead sitting in her car outside her home in Philadelphia
A former Nigerian beauty queen and doctorate student from Philadelphia has been shot dead while sitting in her car in front of her family’s home, and now her parents are in hiding out of fear for their lives.
Najeebat Sule, 24, who was known to her loved ones as Najee, was killed shortly before 6pm on March 12, just steps away from her residence in the 8800 block of Frankford Avenue.
Nearly three weeks later, police have not found a motive and have made no arrests, leaving Sule’s family and friends searching for answers.
Her family spoke with Action News on a condition of anonymity out of concern for their safety.
Her father, who was home at the time, says he raced after the shooter after hearing several gunshots.
“This is the guy that shot my daughter. I tried to pursue him,” he recalled.
Najee, as friends often called her, had just driven home for the day.
“He tried to turn back to me. I said, ‘Okay don’t let me lose my life,'” he said.
‘I can’t think of anything that would make anyone want to kill her,’ Sule’s close friend Habibat Magaji, told the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Magaji was among the last people to have seen Sule alive before she was gunned down.
The two women had spent the night before at Magaji’s home, eating snacks and watching Netflix together.
Less than 24 hours later, Sule was sitting in her gray Toyota Corolla, exchanging text messages with Magaji, when an unidentified man walked up to the vehicle with a gun drawn and shot her several times.