A law student at the University of Chicago was shot dead in a Nordstrom’s store on Michigan Avenue in Chicago on Friday. Twenty-two year old Nadia Ezaldein was killed by her ex-boyfriend, thirty-one year old Marcus Dee after what witnesses say was a heated argument. After killing Ezaldein in front of shoppers, Dee turned the gun on himself.
Family members told reporters that the two had been broken up for about a year, though Dee reportedly tried to contact her family and even googled them, according to one family member. They say Dee was mentally abusive to Ezaldein and her brother stated: “It was like months and months of psychological torment. I would say there was a lot of emotionally traumatizing phrases and words.”
Police reported that Dee had been accused of physical assault on Ezaldein seven months ago, cracking her ribs. The report also detailed that Dee had punched her in the jaw and put a gun in her mouth. Ezaldein had also filed reports with police pertaining to Dee in the weeks before her death. Dee allegedly sold drugs and weapons. Yet, protection orders were repeatedly denied by court officials, including Cook County Judge Caroline Kate Moreland.
It was Ezaldein’s 22nd birthday.