Adnan Syed (born May 21, 1980) is a convicted felon from Baltimore, Maryland. He was convicted in the murder of Hae Min Lee, his ex-girlfriend, and was sentenced to life in prison plus 30 years. Syed's case became an international story in 2014 after investigative journalist Sarah Koenig, covered the case and cast doubt on his conviction in her popular podcast, Serial.  
Early Life & Education
Adnan Syed was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland by his mother, Shamim Syed and his father, Syed Rahman in a Muslim household. Syed worked in Baltimore as an engineer after immigrating from Pakistan. His wife, Shamim later immigrated to Baltimore to marry Rahman in an arranged marriage. Adnan Syed has an older brother, Tanveer, and a younger brother, Yusuf. 
At Woodlawn High School, Syed did well in school maintaining straight A’s. Adnan was played on the school's varsity football team, worked for a paramedic service, and was also crowned prince at his homecoming dance. 
Adnan was perfect, Shamim says. He was a straight-A student. The teachers would compliment her: “‘Whatever you’re practising in the house is working on him.’ He was very obedient. We never had a problem with him. He only messed up for the last year.” By messed up she means weed and alcohol and sex and hanging out with sketchy people.