CHICAGO (CBS) – Sania Khan was shot and killed by her ex-husband in a murder-suicide at his apartment building in Streeterville last summer.
This is despite building management knowing they shouldn’t let him in following an earlier attack and threat notification – as alleged by Khan’s family in a lawsuit. justice that she has just instituted against the management and security of the building.
As CBS 2’s Tara Molina reported, Khan’s family alleges that her ex-husband, Raheel Ahmad, was banned from the Grand Ohio condo complex, 211 E. Ohio St., and was known to be a serious threat. . But he was still allowed access to visitation rental units in July without ever providing ID – and it’s all on CCTV, the family alleged.
“Losing a child is the hardest thing I’ve been through,” said Sania Khan’s mother, Shazia Khan. “I have to live with this for the rest of my life – because of their neglect.”
CCTV video taken throughout the building on the day Sania Khan was killed by her ex-husband shows him entering the lobby with two large packages in his hands. Ahmad never checks in at reception.
Ahmad is then seen meeting him with a rental agent, and they go up the elevators – but he never once shows the rental agent or those at the front desk his ID.
No one checks their bags. And after visiting a unit, the lawsuit says the rental agent allowed him to stay in the building, unaccompanied, when he asked.
“I really feel like if they had followed the protocols that day, my daughter would have been alive,” Shazia Khan said.
It didn’t all start the day it was filmed.
In December 2021, Ahmad attempted suicide in the building – and tried to push Sania out the window with him. The police responded and Ahmad was taken to a mental health facility.
Sania Khan has changed the locks and removed her name from the lease. She filed for divorce in February.
In the spring of this year, Sadia notified all parties involved in running and securing the building – already aware of the December incident of the threat posed by Ahmad – not to let him into the building.
But months later, in July 2022, the murder-suicide happened in that same building.
“If management or security had followed their policies, they would have verified his identity,” Kahn family attorney Michael L. Gallagher said. “They would have known he was on a no-entry list for the building, and he would never have made it past the secure door.”
Surveillance video showed Ahmad entering the building with two packages. Family lawyers say a garment bag contained Sania’s wedding dress inside – and a backpack contained the gun with which he shot her and himself.
“I really think someone has to be responsible for the negligence he has done,” Shazia Khan said.
Sania was a professional photographer who moved to Chicago in June of last year. In the months leading up to her murder, she had been in front of the camera on TikTok, where she openly documented her divorce from a man she describes as toxic.
Khan has also published on the cultural stigma of divorce in the South Asian community. In a video, she wrote, “Going through a divorce as a South Asian woman sometimes feels like a failure in life.”
In another post, she said, “It’s painful to walk away from someone you’ve loved. But it’s even more painful to love someone who is careless with your heart.”
Molina reached out to the Grand Ohio condominium and its management company for an answer to all of this.
We haven’t heard from them, but Titan Security Group – named in the lawsuit – said it doesn’t provide security for the building:
“Titan has never provided security personnel services to 211 E Ohio Street in our organization’s history. We have no further comment on this ongoing litigation at this time.”