Sania Khan remembered in candlelight vigil by her friends and classmates
Khan was said to make a "friend of anyone who knew her"
CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) – You might not know the name Sania Khan, but she left a legacy with those she knew.
A candlelight vigil in her honor took place tonight at her old high school, the Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences.
While the vigil took place at night, Sania’s life still shines bright for all who knew her.
“Our Sania. And Ashley just said ‘Our Sania.’ And Grant just said ‘Our Sania.’ And in our statement to the press, CSAS said ‘Our Sania.'”
A candlelight vigil for Sania Khan at the Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences was a family affair.
Khan was shot and killed by her ex-husband on Monday in Chicago. He then turned the gun on himself.
While there is darkness in her friends’ hearts, they know that she brought light to whomever she came in contact with, whether at CSAS, UTC or Signal Centers, where she once worked.
Khan’s classmate at CSAS, Grant Moore, reflected on her legacy. “I hope I can be a fraction as kind and as caring as she was. To have this big a ripple out to where people that haven’t spoken to her in years, just had a fleeting contact with her, miss her greatly. I want … From this day forward, I want to live just a little bit like Sania.”
Alex Farrell, her former co-worker at Signal Centers, added, “I think all you need to know about Sania’s impact and the families that she served is the fact that many, many, many of those families who were in her caseload have reached out to Signal Centers once they heard the news. And this is three years later. Four years later. After they’ve already graduated the program. So, that’s the testament of her impact on their lives.”
Sania left Chattanooga to pursue her dream of becoming a photographer, but got a following for her work on TikTok.
In early June, she posted videos denouncing her family for marrying her ex-husband, but they were less about stewing in the past than shedding it for her future.
She wrote in a caption on June 19th that she’d “never been happier” alluding to her divorce.
Even in personal turmoil, her friends say Sania was the light in life they loved.
Farrell: “I think the world really needs people like that. That are going to be able to carve out a healthy and a happy life for themselves. And I think that that’s probably what is most tragic about all of this is that the world is now missing one person that was such an advocate for herself and, in doing so, you know, inspired a ton of different people.”
Her friend from University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Kierstyn Parker, loved the light Khan emitted. “Her light is never going to go out. Like I said, with her photography, she has impacted so many people, and, long after we’re gone, her photographs and her art are going to remain. And, the impact that she left on all of us is going to remain. And even in the darkest of times, we can always rely on the advice and the wisdom she used to give us. I think that’s the greatest light anyone could ask for.”
A scholarship has been established in Sania’s honor at CSAS.
It goes to female students that want to pursue a career in the arts, helping empower women, just as Sania did.