A baby born prematurely died when her mother was shot last week.
Rabia Ahmed, 30, was shot in Columbia, Maryland. Ahmed, 28 weeks pregnant, was transferred to the University of Maryland’s Trauma Center, where she later died.
Howard County Police Department announced that the doctors had given birth to the girl, who is called an ajha, but that the girl had died after she was in critical condition.
Police are still investigating the shooting, which occurred in a house where Ahmed had been staying several months ago, according to the department. Police said that several bullets were fired at the house from outside, and several bullets were found at the scene. While there were other people in the house, Ahmed was the only one injured.
Police say there is currently no evidence that Ahmed was the target of the shooting, and are offering a reward of $ 10,000 – which increased by $ 5,000 – for information on the issue as they continue to try to determine the intended target.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is also offering a reward of $ 5,000 for information leading to the indictment of Ahmad’s killers.
Zainab Chaudhry, director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Maryland, said in a statement that the council hoped to end Ahmed’s family and bring justice.
“We just hope that someone with information and help bring justice to this family comes forward,” said Chaudhry. “We just want to help shut it down. There are a lot of unanswered questions at the moment. “
The shooting occurred on Eid al-Adha. Police say, “There is no evidence at this stage of the investigation indicating that Ahmed was targeted or that the crime was racially motivated.”
In a GoFundMe campaign that Ahmed’s cousin set up to cover funeral expenses, the waiting mother was described as “a beautiful soul” and “absolutely amazing”.
“She was looking forward to becoming a wonderful mother and mother,” wrote Ahmed’s cousin. “Rabia was not from this world. She saw everything purely and treated everyone with love and respect.”
The campaign raised $ 25,910 from its $ 75,000 target.