WHY I CARRY: Retail Worker Shot & Killed by Ex-Boyfriend on Black Friday After Being Denied Restraining Order
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Here is another one of our “Why I Carry” stories. These stories, unlike our defensive gun use stories, take a look at situations that may have turned out very differently if the victim(s) had been armed. These stories are the “other side of the coin” so to speak and serve as an important reminder as to why it’s important to take responsibility for your own personal safety.
We say it a lot here, “A restraining order is just a piece of paper.” However, in this case, the victim wasn’t even granted that piece of paper.
Nadia Ezaldein, 22, of Chicago, was killed while working at Nordstrom on Black Friday, which also happened to be her birthday. She was working a seasonal job in order to pay for law school.
She was shot and killed by a violent ex-boyfriend, identified as Marcus Dee, who had a history of physically abusing her. According to the Chicago Tribune,
The accusations came in a request for an order of protection filed by the sister of Nadia Ezaldein, who was fatally shot while working at the store last Friday, her 22nd birthday. Police say Dee then turned the gun on himself as customers scrambled for cover on one of the busiest shopping days of the year.
“He physically abused my sister, cracked her ribs, punched her jaw and fractured it, ripped all her clothing,” the sister claimed in seeking a protection order for her and Ezaldein on April 8.
Dee, 31, also “stabbed her jacket with a switch knife, ripped her boots and bruised her lip. (He) threw her clothes out the window and put (a) gun in her mouth,” the petition states.
The applications for a protective order were denied.
Dee committed suicide immediately after killing Ezaldein.
As always, I have to point out that a firearm may or may not have helped prevent or stop this crime. However, I prefer to have options whenever possible over simply begging for my life.