A seasonal worker at Nordstrom in Chicago was reportedly shot and killed by her ex-boyfriend on Black Friday, who then turned the gun on himself – after she was denied an order of protection against him.
Nadia Ezaldein, 22, was a law student from Florida who was studying at the University of Chicago and working at the luxury department store to help pay for her tuition. Her family says she was involved with Marcus Dee, 31, from August 2012 until December 2012 and that he tormented, abused and beat her, reports the Daily Mail.
Ezaldein was allegedly scared to report the abuse because both of her ex’s parents were Chicago police officers. She eventually filed for an order of protection on April 8 after Dee reportedly cracked her ribs, fractured her jaw, stabbed her with a switchblade and put a gun in her mouth.
The victim’s twin sister also reportedly filed for an order of protection against her sister’s former boyfriend – who claimed she was trying to get him thrown out of the Army. Both of their requests were denied.
Ezaldein and her family members say they continued to receive threatening phone calls from Dee and that she had to change her phone number three times.
On Black Friday – which was also Ezaldein’s birthday – Dee reportedly entered the store and gunned her down, then fatally shot himself. He was declared dead at the scene. Ezaldein was rushed to the hospital, where she died one day later.
The young woman’s family had flown in from Florida to surprise her and had planned a birthday dinner for her on the night she was shot.
Nordstrom closed its doors the day after the incident and released the following statement on its Facebook page: “We are deeply saddened to learn that our employee who was injured in Friday evening’s tragedy at our Michigan Avenue store passed away this afternoon. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends. We will miss her.”
Source: Daily Mail/Photo Credit: Facebook, TNS