Iraqi model and Instagram starlet Tara Fares has been shot dead at the wheel of her Porsche convertible in central Baghdad, AFP reported Friday (September 28th).
The interior ministry opened a probe into Thursday's murder of the 22-year-old, who suffered "three fatal bullet wounds" as she drove through the capital's Camp Sarah district.
Fares, a fashionista with 2.7 million followers on Instagram for her pictures sporting tattoos, different hair colours and adventurous clothes, was a victim of her fame and targeted because of her lifestyle, a number of social media users wrote.
Ahmad al-Basheer, an Iraqi satirist who lives in exile in Jordan after having faced death threats, condemned the murder of Fares, who was based in Iraq’s Kurdish region and rarely travelled to her native Baghdad.
"Anyone who finds excuses for those who kill a girl just because she had decided to live like most other girls on the planet is an accomplice to her murder," he wrote.