A former Nigerian beauty queen and PhD student from Philadelphia has been shot dead while sitting in her car in front of her family’s house, and now her parents are in hiding for fear for their lives.
Najeebat Sule, 24, who was known to her loved ones as Najee, was murdered shortly before 6:00 pm on March 12, just steps from her home on the 8800 block of Frankford Avenue.
Nearly three weeks later, the police have found no motive and made no arrests, leaving Sule’s family and friends looking for answers.
Nigerian queen Najeebat Sule, 24, was shot several times and murdered in Philadelphia on March 12. She had only recently received a master’s degree in public health.
Sule was in her Toyota texting a friend outside her parents’ house when a gunman approached her and opened fire
“I can’t think of anything that would make anyone want to kill her,” said Sule’s close friend Habibat Magaji. Philadelphia Inquirer.
Magaji was one of the last people to see Sule alive before she was shot.
The two women had spent the night before at Magaji’s house, eating snacks and watching Netflix together.
Less than 24 hours later, Sule was in her gray Toyota Corolla exchanging text messages with Magaji when an unknown man walked over to the vehicle with his gun drawn and shot her several times.
Sule’s father, Adewale Sule, heard the gunfire and came out of the house just in time to see the suspect firing the final shots at his daughter.
‘I saw the man shoot my daughter. He shot the last round and I chased him, ”the father said. “He ran back to his car.”
In 2019 Sule became second runner-up at Miss Nigeria International
At the time of her violent death, Sule was pursuing a PhD
Najeet was rushed to Jefferson Torresdale Hospital, where she was pronounced dead about 30 minutes later.
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 coming home.
‘All my kids cried every day because of their big sister. They really miss her. I miss my daughter, ”she said.
Najeet leaves behind her parents and two sisters.
“She was very talented, smart and funny,” said one of her siblings 6abc
The family is currently in a secret location due to unspecified safety concerns.
Sule and her family emigrated to Philadelphia from their native Nigeria in the early 2000s.
Sule had only recently obtained a master’s degree in public health from West Chester University and was pursuing a PhD.
In 2019 she was crowned second runner-up at the Miss Nigeria International pageant.
“Queen Najibat was a wonderful young lady whose presence at the Miss Nigerian beauty pageant left a great wave that continues to resonate,” the pageant’s organizers wrote on Facebook. She was a breath of fresh air and her presence added a distinct touch that made the event unforgettable. She behaved herself with great dignity and grace and her strong character and approachability made her a pleasure to work with. ‘
Friends remembered Sule for her love of travel and fashion, and her feminine style
Nearly three weeks later, the Philadelphia police have no motive and no suspect
Friends said Sule loved shopping and traveling, and had an ultra-feminine style that was reflected in her all-pink, sparkly bedroom decor.
Sule is one of 120 people murdered in Philadelphia so far this year
Her Instagram page, which has more than 3,000 followers, features photos of the glamorous PhD student modeling a wide variety of fashionable outfits and accessories.
“Our joke was that she was like a Nigerian princess,” Sule’s high school friend Tamira DeSeignoria told the newspaper. “Whatever Najee wanted, Najee got.”
Sule’s shooting death comes amid a spate of gun violence in Philadelphia, where homicides have risen 29 percent over the past year.
In the first three months of 2021, there were 120 murders in Philadelphia, with 15 of the victims being children Fox 29.
“This is absolutely unacceptable,” Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw said Wednesday at a meeting on the latest crime statistics, emphasizing that “these are people we are talking about.”