A Texas medical student well-known in her community as an Iranian activist was mysteriously shot and killed in her car, just yards from her home
Gelareh Bagherzadeh, 30, was driving through her Houston townhouse complex around midnight on Monday when she was shot dead through her car window.
“When officers arrived, they found a vehicle had run into a garage door at that location with the engine running and tires spinning on the pavement. Ms. Bagherzadeh was found slumped over in the driver’s seat,” the Houston Police Department said in a statement.
Authorities said nothing appeared to have been stolen from her car. Her cell phone and purse were found inside.
“Homicide investigators responded to the scene and were told by witnesses that several gunshots were heard, a crash and then tires squealing,” the statement said.
Police told ABC News’ Houston affiliate KTRK that the last person to speak to Bagherzadeh was her close friend and ex-boyfriend who was on the phone with her when she was shot.
“[The boyfriend] heard a loud thud. He doesn’t recall hearing any gunshots, but a loud thud and then a screeching noise,” Richard Bolton of the Houston Police Department Homicide unit told KTRK.
Bagherzadeh was of Iranian descent and was outspoken in promoting Iranian women’s rights and criticizing the Iranian government, according to interviews she had done with the Houston Chronicle.
I’m sure the police are looking for a middle-aged white guy as the prime suspect.