A podcaster and her husband were shot and killed by a fan who had been stalking the woman for months, said police in Washington state.
The harrowing incident unfolded at about 2 a.m. Friday when the man broke into the home in Redmond, a city of about 73,000 people east of Seattle.
Police said they responded to a call from a woman on a neighbor's phone who reported a "stalking situation."
When they arrived at the home, they saw 35-year-old Mohammed Naseri in the doorway before he collapsed. They discovered that he had a gunshot to the chest. They tried to revive him, but he died at the scene.
Inside the home, police found the man's wife, 33-year-old podcaster Zohreh Sadeghi, dead from a gunshot wound in the master bedroom.
Police believe that Ramin Khodakaramrezaei, a 38-year-old trucker from Texas, broke into the home through a window. Sadeghi's mother, who lives with the couple, fought with the man before running to a neighbor's home to call the police. She survived unscathed.
Khodakaramrezaei shot the couple before committing suicide by gunshot, police said.
Sadeghi had filed a petition for a protection order against Khodakaramrezaei on March 3, but police were unable to serve it to the man because he was travelling as a part of his trucking job.
In the petition, she said that the man was harassing her.
"Mr. Khodakaramrezaei's voice messages to me have been the cause of anxiety and insomnia for me. They include him crying and begging for me to pick up, him threatening to burn himself and the tree in front of my house, and also telling me to either delete my Instagram account or make it public so he could see the content I post. Mr. Khodakaramrezaei has bursts of anger and is completely delusional. These delusions make me fear for my life and the lives of my loved ones," wrote Sadeghi.
She said in the petition that Khodakaramrezaei had a history of domestic violence.
Court records show that Khodakaramrezaei leaves behind a 7-year-old daughter, who lives with his ex-wife.
"This is an incredibly sad situation and the worst possible outcome of a stalking case," said Redmond Police Chief Darrell Lowe.
The homicide is the first in the city of Redmond since 2021.
Here's more about the tragic incident:
Texas stalker kills woman, her husband inside Redmond home | FOX 13 Seattlewww.youtube.com
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