Nadia Ezaldein, 22, shot at Nordstrom on Black Friday dies

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The woman shot inside Nordstrom's River North store on Black Friday has died, the store said Saturday night. She had turned 22 years old Friday.

CHICAGO (WLS) -- The woman shot inside Nordstrom's River North store on Black Friday has died, the store said Saturday night.

Nadia Ezaldein had turned 22 years old Friday.

The shooter, identified as 31-year-old Marcus Dee of Chicago, is described as the Ezaldein's ex-boyfriend and had allegedly stalked the woman. Dee shot and killed himself after firing at Ezaldein on the first level of the Nordstrom at 55 E. Grand around 8:30 p.m. Friday with the store full of holiday shoppers.

Ezaldein had reportedly broken up with Dee several months ago, and he is accused of stalking and harassing her ever since then.

Her family had reportedly planned a surprise party for Ezaldein after she got off work Friday. Instead, she spent the night fighting for her life at Northwestern Memorial Hospital after being shot in the head.

It was a fight she lost Saturday night. According to, Ezaldein had no brain activity and doctors reportedly kept her on life support until they could harvest her organs.

The store where she had just begun work as a seasonal employee issued a statement saying, "We are deeply saddened to learn that our employee who was injured in Friday evening's tragedy passed away this afternoon. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends."

The store remained closed Saturday.

"It's been a really sad and scary situation, obviously, to be involved with if you were there," said Nordstrom spokesperson Tara Darrow. "At Nordstrom we're a family. Our people are very impacted by this and we're doing our best to support them today."

Unaware of Friday night's fatal shooting, a steady stream of shoppers had been trying to get into the Nordstrom store downtown only to find it closed on Saturday. A sign at the Grand Avenue entrance explained the situation.

For those regular customers at Nordstrom, news of the tragedy, especially on Black Friday when the store was more crowded than usual, is unnerving.

"I was there (Friday) afternoon, then left, met my family. My son told me about it this morning and I went, 'Oh my god,'" said shopper Joni Berinstein.

Nordstrom's will resume regular operating hours on Sunday, and will have grief counselors on sight Sunday for employees who need it.