Iraqi model and social media star fatally shot in Baghdad

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The Iraqi Ministry of Interior said they are investigating her tragic death.

This past week, a women's rights activist, Suad al-Ali, was assassinated in Basra, Iraq - shot dead on the way to her vehicle.

"Tara Fares was shot today because she dressed differently". Fares traveled in the same social circles as both women.

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Her death seems to be part of a disturbing trend.

She then moved to Europe before returning to Iraq, living in Erbil and Baghdad.

Fans and friends of Fares turned to social media to remember the social media star, who spent much of her time overseas, and in the more liberal Kurdistan region of Iraq.

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It also linked to her YouTube channel, where she shared video blogs of her experiences, food, and makeup tutorials. With three gunshot wounds she was taken to the hospital where she died. Presumably, the model could suffer due to their candid shots, which she posted to Instagram.

The blogger, who used to travel often and is reported rarely in Baghdad, where she was born, posting regularly to his 2.7 million followers on Instagram pictures of her, a blonde, redhead or brunette depending on the season. "Tara Fares, a model and social media influencer was gunned down in broad daylight in #Baghdad", one said. He said Fares often received threats, "but she didn't think it was real".

Tara, whose posts on the site feature tattoos, different hair colours and adventurous clothes, was a victim of her fame and targeted because of her lifestyle, Twitter users wrote.

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The "Barbie of Iraq", Rafeef al-Yaseri, was killed in her home in Baghdad on August 16.