According to prosecutors, a Black woman named Sierra Jamison was strangled by a romantic partner she had known for years.
Incidentally, Jamison also interviewed Chicago CBS affiliate WBBM-TV in a segment on Black women being the target of violent crime before her death.
The accused killer, Lawrence Boyle, was in court over her murder recently. Prosecutors said that though the 63-year-old Boyle had known the 30-year-old Jamison for 10 years, he strangled her to death weeks after the two began a romantic relationship.
Jamison had gone to the garage to park her Jeep vehicle on the 7800 block of South Indiana Avenue. Boyle had been waiting inside.
Initially, Boyle said that he thought Jamison was armed with a gun. Upon learning that she was unarmed, he strangled her until she went limp, according to a WBBM-TV report.
Prosecutors argued that he took her cell phone and concealed her lifeless body beneath a green tarp.
Jamison’s brother said that he saw Boyle leave the garage. The accused killer told him that Jamison had thrown her cell phone at him and headed to the store. A short time later, Jamison’s mother entered the garage and discovered her daughter’s body under that tarp.
“He used his two hands to suffocate the life out of someone he was in a dating relationship with,” Assistant State’s Attorney Anne McCord Rodgers told the judge.
Jamison had been subjected to a violent crime last year. In 2022, she was the victim of an attempted carjacking. She was recently interviewed by WBBM-TV journalist Dorothy Tucker, who was doing an investigation into violence committed against Black women in Chicago.
Before the segment was set to air, Jamison was murdered. She had just celebrated her 30th birthday and leaves behind a 6-year-old son.
Tucker reflected on the interviews she had with Jamison and said the following about her:
“She wanted to be able to say, ‘Let me tell people what it’s like to be a Black woman today and fearful so many times.'”
Tucker, a Black woman, added that Jamison’s death was “the example” in demonstrating “the importance of us doing the story. To talk about what happens to Black women.”
WBBM-TV contributed to this report.