COLUMBIA, Howard County — It has been nearly one month since a Howard County mother-to-be was murdered while sitting inside a home, and police are looking for leads in her murder.
The reward is now up to $20,000 in the case involving 30-year-old Rabiah Ahmad. On July 31st Ahmad, was 28 weeks pregnant was shot while inside a residence in the 6600 block of Dovecote Drive.
Rabiah Ahmad later died at the hospital. Doctors delivered her baby girl, Ahja, who remained in critical condition until she died August 5th.
“There are no words to express the magnitude of sorrow for the loss of these two innocent lives,” said Police Chief Lisa Myers. “I am committed to devoting every possible resource to find the person or people who committed this heinous act.”
On July 31st, around 11pm police were called to the 6600 block of Dovecote Drive for report of several gunshots fired into a home. Several people resided in the home, but inside was Rabiah Ahmad. She had recently moved to Maryland and was staying at the home. She was struck once, no one else was injured.
“We have absolutely no reason to believe Rabiah was targeted as the intended victim,” Chief Myers said. “But someone out there was firing at this house for a different reason, and we want to find that person. We believe there are people in this community who may be able to help us answer that question.”
Investigators believe any small piece of information could help put together critical details in the case. They have increased the reward to $20,000 and are urging anyone with information to contact police at 410-313-STOP or HCPDCrimeTips@howardcountymd.gov. Callers can remain anonymous.
Once a suspect or suspects are identified, police will consult with the Howard County State’s Attorney’s Office to determine any and all applicable charges, as is standard practice.
Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is providing support to her family, who is Muslim, by offering an additional reward.