An Iraqi model was shot to death while driving through central Baghdad on Thursday.
The 22-year-old former Miss Baghdad was shot three times while driving her convertible Porsche after a gunman opened fire in the Camp Sarah district of Baghdad.
Fares was a well-known social media influencer with nearly three million followers on Instagram and famous for her modern style.
An investigation into her death is ongoing, amid two other recent killings of women in the Iraqi capital and fans are taking to social media to express shock and grief at her tragic death.
Friends were shocked at the murder of the young model
‘The latest case of a young Iraqi being murdered just for looking the way she looks’
Iraqi fashionista and social media starlet Tara Fares gunned down yesterday. Shot six times in her car in Baghdad.https://t.co/X0kTL3NoA0 #Iraq
Seems the latest case of a young Iraqi being murdered just for looking the way she looks pic.twitter.com/WIvPMg26oQ
— Jean-Marc Mojon (@mojobeirut) September 28, 2018
The following image was shared on her social media shortly after her death
“In a treacherous and cowardly incident, Tara Fares Chamoun, is with God. We asked God to accept her with His great mercy.”
‘Pray her soul may find some peace’
I didn’t know Tara Fares until today, but next person mock her or joke about her death is getting muted. no matter who she was i pray her soul find some peace and leave the judgment for God bc God knows while you don’t
— Sam | سٰام (@itzSaman) September 27, 2018
There are claims she had been receiving death threats
#TaraFares had been receiving death threats regularly because she had been deemed against her religion. She never cared and continued posting photos on her instagram account. Yesterday, her car was ambushed and she was shot dead inside her car in Baghdad.https://t.co/61odv1lVtD
— Soumyadipta (@Soumyadipta) September 29, 2018
There are some disrespectful tweets but people aren’t standing for it
I just couldn’t believe the news, absolutely shocking and disgraceful, people who justify the killing of another innocent human being are just as cruel as the ones who committed the crime #tara_fares
— simsim (@omgsama) September 27, 2018
One of Iraq’s most influential social media stars, model Tara Fares, has been shot dead in Baghdad earlier on Thursday. A post in Arabic just uploaded to her Instagram (after her killing was confirmed) reads “we belong to God & to Him we return” – it calls her killer a “coward”. pic.twitter.com/CoJ7i3D8fg
— Megha Mohan (@meghamohan) September 27, 2018