A model and Instagram star Tara Fares with millions of Instagram fans has been shot dead at the wheel of her Porsche convertible in central Baghdad, sending ripples through social media circles.
The interior ministry opened a probe into Thursday’s murder of the 22-year-old who suffered three bullet wounds as she drove through the capital’s Camp Sarah district.
Tara’s instagram says her interests are style, beauty and travel. She also had a YouTube channel, where she uploaded makeup tutorials and video blogs.
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, some of her Twitter fans wrote.
”I am beyond disappointed and hurt after hearing about another tragic loss in Iraq.
”Tara Fares, a model and social media influencer was gunned down in broad daylight in #Baghdad,’ one said.
”A young Iraq model was simply enjoying & loving life like other pretty girls.
”Unfortunately she got shooted (sic) & killed by few militants. I am truly heart broken & saddened by such a tragic news,’ another wrote.
”This Thursday it was Tara… Next Thursday, who will it be?’ a third tweeted.
”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,’ wrote Ahmad al-Basheer, an Iraqi satirist who lives in exile in Jordan after having faced death threats.
”I am beyond disappointed and hurt after hearing about another tragic loss in Iraq. Tara Fares, a model and social media influencer was gunned down in broad daylight in #Baghdad”
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Fares was taken to Baghdad’s Sheik Zaid hospital at 5.45am local time.
She lived in Erbil, the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan, and was said to rarely visit Baghdad.
Her death was confirmed by the Iraqi Ministry of the Interior, which announced an investigation has been opened, Kurdistan 24 reported.
It comes not long after two other women involved in the beauty industry were reported murdered in Iraq.
Rafeef al-Yaseri, who owned the ‘Barbie’ beauty centre, and Rasha al-Hassan, a beauty expert, died in mysterious circumstances at their homes in August.