Sierra Jamison, a health care worker and mother of a 6-year-old boy, was found dead in a garage near her home in Chicago on Monday, US media said, citing police.
Jamison was strangled by her boyfriend, 63-year-old Lawrence Boyle, who was arrested Wednesday, HuffPost news agency reported, citing Chicago police officials.
Monday evening, Jamison told her mother she was going to park her Jeep. That’s when she was killed by her boyfriend, police said.
Boyle, who was already waiting for Jamison at the garage, allegedly strangled her, took her phone and covered her body with a tarpaulin, police further said.
When Jamison did not return home and did not respond to calls and text messages, her mother asked her brother to check on her, the report said.
Her brother claims he found Boyle outside the garage with Jamison’s phone.
Boyle claimed she threw it at him and left to go to the store, according to Chicago police charging documents, the news agency report said.
Unconvinced by Boyle’s story, Jamison’s mother then went to inspect the garage herself, where she found her daughter’s body under the tarp, it said.
After leaving the garage, Boyle called his ex-wife and confessed to choking Jamison, according to the police document.
On Wednesday, Boyle turned himself in.
Boyle and Jamison had been friends for about a decade, but they started dating a few weeks ago.
Sadina Jamison, Sierra’s aunt, told CBS Chicago that Boyle was someone Sierra had trusted and with whom “she felt comfortable” and “had no reason to be afraid.”
Sierra Jamison was murdered just a month after speaking out about violence against black women.
Jamison was the victim of an attempted carjacking, but bravely fought the perpetrator. A group of women in the area came to her aid and she was able to escape unharmed.
She shared her experiences with news station CBS Chicago, hoping her story would empower other black women who had been victims of violent crimes.
She told the outlet, “They literally stepped in and helped me. It was a lot of black women empowerment, female empowerment that day.”