A Florida man who was on a road trip with his girlfriend was shot and killed by a woman he stopped to help on the side of the road. Adam Simjee, 22, was killed in Talladega National Forest, Alabama while traveling with girlfriend Mikayla Paulus when the woman who appeared to be in trouble suddenly turned on the couple.
- Yasmine Hider claimed that her car had broken down. Simjee and Paulus stayed for about an hour to trya nd fix the car, but it wouldn’t start again. At that point, Hider pulled a gun on them and ordered them to get off the road and go into the woods.
- The woman robbed the couple at gunpoint. She told them to drop their phones and to give over their banking information. At this point, Simjee, who also had a gun, pulled it out and began exchanging gunfire with Hider. Sadly, Simjee was shot during the fight and was pronounced dead at the scene. Hider was wounded but taken to a local hospital to be treated.
- Hider has since been charged with Simjee’s murder. Paulus, devastated at the loss of her boyfriend, shared a tribute to him on social media. “My reason for being, my soulmate, my life partner, the future father of my children, died in the middle of a state park in Alabama,” she wrote. “No words can begin to describe the shock and pain I’m in. We had our entire lives ahead of us. Adam is the best person I’ve ever met on the face of this entire planet. He was the most pure soul and he made sure I knew I would be safe when I was with him. It comforts me to say he passed in one of his favorite places, the forest in the mountains.”
- Hider’s accomplice was also charged. The Clay County Sheriff’s Office said that Krystal Pinkins, who was with Hider during the incident, was also charged with one count of murder, two counts of kidnapping, and two counts of robbery. Pinkins is said to have attempted to flee the scene on foot but was tracked down by police dogs to a large group of tents officials are calling a “base camp.” A 5-year-old boy thought to be Pinkins’ son was also taken into custody after he was seen holding a shotgun.