[UPDATE-2] Prominent Iranian women’s civil rights activist shot and killed in Houston, Texas

Iranian women's civil rights activist Gelareh Bagherzadeh (photo: Houston Chronicle)

THE GUERRILLA ANGEL REPORT — [UPDATED-2 Still no clues. See below.] Gelareh Bagherzadeh, an outspoken critic of the Iranian government was shot dead in her car near her home in Houston, TX. The shooting occurred just yesterday (Monday Jan 16th.) and some of the news reports have conflicting information. The following, however, is most likely correct.

Of Iranian descent, Bagherzadeh  participated in the Iranian protests in 2010 and was vocal proponent for regime change in Tehran at that time. Reports say she was prominent among Iranian women and was an organizing member of SabzHouston — an organization calling for political change in Iran. She was a medical student at Anderson Cancer Center.

Bagherzadeh apparently on the phone with with her ex-boyfriend when she was shot. The car then crashed into a townhouse and she was found dead at the scene. Police say her ex-boyfriend is not a suspect and they do not know if her activities are behind the shooting. They also said she  might have been followed home. Apparently nothing was stolen from the vehicle. The police have no leads or suspects.

Here are several sources:

http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/article/Med-student-shot-to-death-near-Galleria-2563916.php

Activist for women’s rights in Iran killed in Houston | The Republic.

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UPDATED Jan. 20, 2012 – More details about the crime released — she was shot in the head and her wallet and phone were left untouched in car — but no new clues connecting this to anything except perhaps a botched robbery. http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/mystery-surrounds-texas-slaying-of-woman-outspoken-about-democracy-in-her-home-country-of-iran/2012/01/20/gIQA1bDvCQ_story.html

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UPDATED March 4, 2012 – Still no clues: Houston police said they are stuck and will follow any lead, even those involving Iranian conspiracies, if it will lead them to the killer. http://www.cnn.com/2012/03/05/justice/texas-iranian-student-killing/index.html?eref=mrss_igoogle_cnn

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