Who was Mariam Abdulrab? Atlanta bartender shot dead after being abducted from her doorstep
The 27-year-old was employed at Revery VR Bar in Midtown and was found dead shortly before 10 am on August 13
ATLANTA, GEORGIA: A woman was kidnapped outside her home at gunpoint and then killed on Friday, August 13. The victim has been identified as Mariam Abdulrab, who was abducted while she was returning home in Chosewood Park, just south of Grant Park, from work in the early morning hours.
A witness confirmed that they saw the 27-year-old being forced inside an SUV at about 5 am. Hours later, her body was found near the intersection of Lakewood Avenue and Terrace Way in the Lakewood Heights neighborhood.
Abdulrab was employed at Revery VR Bar in Midtown. She also used to work sometimes at Sister Louisa's Church of the Living Room & Ping Pong Emporium. She was found dead shortly before 10 am. A few hours later, a person believed to be involved in the crime was arrested by the police. The 27-year-old Demarcus Brinkley was seen inside his 2013 Chevrolet Equinox south of Atlanta and during a chase, he reportedly crashed into a Buick in Griffin, the Georgia State Patrol stated. Both, the person of interest and the Buick’s driver, were airlifted to Atlanta Medical Center for treatment. No further updates have been released about them.
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However, it has been said that once Brinkley will be discharged from the hospital, he will be pressed with traffic charges. However, as per Atlanta police, he has not been yet charged in connection to Abdulrab’s kidnapping and death.
Who was Mariam Abdulrab?
People who knew Abdulrab have described her as a warm, kind and thoughtful person. The two bars where she used to work have announced that they will remain close to mourn her death. Grant Henry, the owner of Sister Louisa's Church of the Living Room & Ping Pong Emporium, said, “Mariam was a living jewel. She shone. We are all family. As if the pandemic wasn’t enough, to lose a family member is even worse.”
James McConnell, who worked with Abdulrab for a few years at his bar, MOTHER Bar + Kitchen, said: “She was one of the sweetest people I’ve ever met. Kind to everyone, and that says a lot because in the service industry, everybody has a general wall up because you deal with a lot of (disrespect). Everybody loved her.” He also stated, “She checked in when my daughter was born. That speaks to the kind of person she was. She had a warm light to her.”
The devastated father of the woman, Khalid Abdulrab, added, “My daughter was the most peaceful and loving person. She did not deserve this.”
Revery VR Bar also took to Instagram to mourn the death of its employee. Sharing a photo of Abdulrab, it wrote, “Our hearts are truly broken at the loss of a dear friend and family member. Mariam brought light to every single person she came in contact with and will forever be missed. We will be closed this weekend to grieve and savor our last moments with her. Please stay safe, y’all.”
One of the victim’s friends, Elisha Kim, who earlier shared about her kidnapping on Facebook then posted an update. She wrote, “Thank you for sharing. Mariam is no longer with us and her body has been found.” Kim had earlier posted, “My best friend got kidnapped last night at her home in grant park. She’s a bartender at revery and was a bartender at mother and church. If you’ve met her you know she’s an incredible human being. After her shift she stopped by a gas station and someone followed her home and as she was walking up to her door she was taken. Please if you saw her last night and have any videos send them my way. If you see her in any vehicle call the authorities. If you can get me in contact with ATLscoop or any big IG handles to repost we would really appreciate that as well.”