‘PRINCESS JASMINE’ SLAIN IN ‘UNFORGIVABLE’ DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CASE
Family says woman was trying to leave abusive boyfriend when he shot her
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.