Nadia Ezaldein, a fourth-year in the College, passed away after being shot in a murder-suicide last Friday night. The incident occurred on Ezaldein’s 22nd birthday.
Ezaldein was a seasonal employee at the Nordstrom on 55 East Grand Avenue in the River North neighborhood of Chicago, where she was working that night during Black Friday. At approximately 8:30 p.m., her ex-boyfriend, Marcus Dee, 31, approached her and shot her in the head before turning the gun on himself.
After being hospitalized for her injuries at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, she was pronounced dead at 3:43 p.m. on Saturday.
The Nordstrom store was closed on Saturday and reopened Sunday.
“We are actively working with the Chicago Police Department, as this is an open and ongoing investigation. Our prayers are with our employee who was involved and those who witnessed this tragic event,” the company said in a statement.
According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Ezaldein graduated from a high school in Fort Lauderdale, FL at the age of 16, and received scholarships for her extensive community service. She was originally from Hialeah, FL.
Ezaldein was not enrolled at the University during the fall 2014 quarter, and family members told news organizations that she was working in the seasonal position to support herself and pay for tuition.
On campus, she was involved in the 24 Hour Play Festival, serving as a stagehand in the fall of 2009 and co-writing a play in the spring of 2010.
Her parents, brother, and sisters, all of whom have asked not to be named, survive her.
According to an e-mail sent to the student body by Vice President for Campus Life and Student Services Karen Warren Coleman, details regarding a memorial plan and the family’s wishes will be shared in the coming week.