Mother of Autistic Son Found Strangled to Death in Chicago Garage

by Xara Aziz
Family of Sierra Jamison

The mother of a 6-year-old with autism was found strangled to death in her home in Chicago, police say.

Sierra Jamison, 30, was discovered dead at around 7:30 PM in her garage in the Greater Grand Crossing neighborhood on the 7800 block of South Indiana Avenue on Monday.  

On Wednesday, Lawrence Boyle, 63, was charged with first-degree murder in connection to the victim’s death. He was due to appear in court Friday.

The Suspect: Lawrence Boyle
Courtesy: Chicago Police Department

According to the Medical Examiner, Jamison’s cause of death was ruled as a strangulation. 

Just last month, CBS 2 interviewed Jamison for a story about violence against Black women after she was a recent victim of a carjacking.

“I know how many sacrifices I’ve done for my family, my son, because he’s been through a lot,” Jamison said at the time of the report. “My son had open-heart surgery. He has a disability, so he means a lot to me, and I’m not fixing to let this young man – with a knife at that – take anything I work hard for away from me.”

Now that the victim is gone, her family has been left in a state of mourning. Her aunt, Sadina Jamison, said she is a bit settled knowing a suspect has been taken into custody.

“We are honoring her legacy. We are honoring her life. But today, we have a victory, because this person has been caught,” she said. “He is currently in custody, so yes, we can celebrate with a little bit of peace.”

She further added that the suspect was a friend of Jamison.

“This is someone she was comfortable around,” Sadina, said. “This is someone she trusted so she had no reason to fear.”

On Wednesday, Jamison’s family held a vigil and balloon release at the West Garfield Park neighborhood to celebrate her life.

This story is ongoing.

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