'Hero' boyfriend killed after stopping for woman pretending to be stranded

·News Reporter
·3-min read

Tributes are flowing for a student who was fatally shot by a robber posing as a stranded motorist, when he tried protecting himself and his girlfriend.

Adam Simiee, 22, was driving with Mikhayla Paulus, 20, through Talladega National Forrest on August 14 when a woman - later identified by police as Yasmine Hider - asked the couple to stop.

She then allegedly asked for some assistance to get her car started, which was near by, according to a statement local police.

Adam Simiee was reportedly killed in an incident at Talladega National Forrest where a woman pretending to be a stranded motorist tried to rob him and his girlfriend. Source: Facebook/Mikayla Paulus
Adam Simiee was reportedly killed in an incident after stopping to help the woman. Source: Facebook/Mikayla Paulus

When the couple from Apopka, Florida, attempted to help, Hider allegedly produced a gun and made them walk into the woods.

Officials said Mr Simjee then revealed he also had a gun and the two exchanged fire, leading to both individuals being shot.

Ms Paulus, who saw the whole thing, told police she also noticed a second woman, later identified as Krystal Diane Pinkins, standing in the woods nearby observing what was unfolding.

Hider allegedly called out to Ms Pinkins for help, however after a brief conversation, the woman reportedly fled on foot.

Following the incident, Ms Paulus was able to get her phone and call 911.

She also performed CPR on her boyfriend while waiting for emergency assistance, however he died at the scene.

Adam Simiee pictured with his girlfriend, Mikayla Paulus, who posted a tribute to him on her Facebook. Source: Facebook/Mikayla Paulus
Adam Simiee pictured with his girlfriend, Mikayla Paulus, who posted a tribute to him on her Facebook. Source: Facebook/Mikayla Paulus

Once police arrived, Hider was flown to a hospital in Birmingham for several gunshots to her torso, while her alleged accomplice was later arrested less than a kilometre from the scene.

When she was being restrained, police said a 5-year-old boy ran out from the woods holding a loaded shotgun, however he laid it on the ground and was taken in by the Department of Human Resources.

Both Hider and Pinkins are before the courts for murder, kidnapping and robbery charges. Pinkins is also charged with endangering the welfare of a child.

Tributes flow for Adam

On Wednesday, Ms Paulus took to Facebook to express her devastation at the senseless murder.

"Yesterday my world ended. 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."

She described him as "the most pure soul" and "such a happy and positive person."

"He was always joking around and making people laugh.

Mikayla Paulus has posted heartbroken tributes to her slain parter online. Source: Facebook
Mikayla Paulus has posted heartbroken tributes to her slain parter online. Source: Facebook

"I'm so happy Adam is getting recognised as the hero he was. He was so selfless and would do anything for someone he loved. He always made sure I knew that i was safe with him and that he would protect me if anything ever happened," Ms Paulus said.

"My relationship with Adam inspired me to become a marriage counsellor because he had taught me everything I needed to know about a healthy relationship so that I could help others achieve the same thing.

"Thank you for being my hero everyday for 4 years, the best 4 years of my life."

A GoFundMe was started to support his family and Ms Paulus with costs such as funeral expenses.

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