Fam­ily says woman was try­ing to leave abu­sive boyfriend when he shot her

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For at least two months, Jas­mine Marie Johnson had been try­ing to leave her in­creas­ingly abu­sive boyfriend.

Dur­ing her last at­tempt ear­lier this week, Der­rell Sikes shot her as she at­tempted to drive away from an ar­gu­ment they had out­side his home in Stony Is­land Park on the South Side.

Johnson, 25, crashed into an­other ve­hi­cle in the 7800 block of South Ben­nett and died of the gun­shot wound at Univer­sity of Chicago Med­i­cal Cen­ter, ac­cord­ing to Chicago po­lice and the Cook County med­i­cal ex­am­iner’s of­fice. But be­fore her pass­ing, Sikes, 27, fa­tally shot him­self.

The two had met two years ago through a mu­tual friend, ac­cord­ing to her cousin Jes­sica Disu, who is a peace ac­tivist and rap artist known as FM Supreme. But re­cently, Johnson had con­fided in Disu that she wanted to leave him for an old boyfriend.

“This sit­u­a­tion is un­for­giv­able,” Disu said. “There is no an­swer. There is no jus­tice.”

The tragic case fol­lows an­other high-pro­file do­mes­tic vi­o­lence in­ci­dent on the South Side: Just last week, hun­dreds of mourn­ers paid re­spects to Dr. Ta­mara O’Neal, who was mur­dered last month by her ex-fi­ancé dur­ing a shoot­ing spree at Mercy Hos­pi­tal.

There are no pat­terns to pre­dict­ing those most likely to fall vic­tim to do­mes­tic vi­o­lence, ex­perts said.

“Peo­ple think if we have en­try to ed­u­ca­tion, if we achieve sta­tus, if we have re­sources, we’re some­how im­mune,” said Illi­nois Coali­tion Against Do­mes­tic Vi­o­lence ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Vickie Smith. “But peo­ple who are will­ing to com­mit vi­o­lence can be charm­ing and lov­ing and we don’t see the side of them un­til it’s too late and they step up their ag­gres­sion.”

The quar­rel be­tween Sikes and Johnson was likely fu­eled by him learn­ing of her plans to end the re­la­tion­ship, Disu said.

Johnson’s other cousin, 20-yearold Mikhayla Hale, said she was on the phone with her when she was mur­dered.

She had been call­ing her on-and­off, in hys­ter­ics, ex­plain­ing that he was threat­en­ing her and that she wanted some­one to come get her. In the back­ground, Hale heard him say phrases like, “You’re not go­ing to make it home.” But be­fore she could pin­point her lo­ca­tion, she heard a boom — likely the sound of her car crash­ing — be­fore the phone call dropped.

“She al­ways came to my res­cue for what­ever and this is the one time she called me and I couldn’t help her,” a tear­ful Hale said.

Hale and Johnson had been best friends grow­ing up in the south sub­urbs. She re­mem­bers Johnson al­ways had a sweet, goofy per­son­al­ity and knew how to joke around to lighten up tough sit­u­a­tions. She es­pe­cially liked to sing and reen­act scenes from the movie “The Temp­ta­tions.”

At the end of her life, she had been work­ing at Sam’s Club and pre­par­ing to at­tend col­lege dur­ing the spring, Disu said. As the youngest of five chil­dren, she was some­times known as “Princess Jas­mine,” Disu said.

Johnson’s fu­neral was sched­uled for 10 a.m. Dec. 14 at Christ Com­mu­nity Church in South Holland, Disu said. A GoFundMe to pay for fu­neral ex­penses had raised about $6,000 as of Fri­day af­ter­noon.


Jas­mine Marie Johnson was shot and killed in Stony Is­land Park.

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