TikTok star ‘Maria‘ shot dead by her 17-year-old brother for wearing crop tops in honour killing’

A TikTok star in Iraqi Kurdistan has been reportedly killed by her own brother in honor killing. 

Eman Sami Maghdid, who is known to her 47,000 followers as Mari or Maria, is said to have gone against Islamic conventions by wearing crop tops and a crucifix and was allegedly shot dead by her brother.


Her 17-year-old brother, whose name wasn’t revealed, allegedly fired eight or nine bullets at the influencer on a road in the city of Erbil on Sunday night. Police arrested the teen, as well as another person suspected of sheltering him.

Eman, 20, was known for posting ‘rebellious’ photos and videos on social media including pictures of her smoking cigarettes, voicing her opinions, and wearing crop tops and a crucifix.

It is believed she had not converted from Islam to Christianity but merely wore the item as a fashion statement.

In a post on Facebook in August last year, she wrote: ‘I believe that humans will always suffer at the hands of other humans.’

Her death follows at least ten other women including a 23-year-old transgender woman Doski Azad, who was also shot dead, allegedly by her brother in Iraq’s Kurdistan region this year.

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