January 31, 2013
14-Y-O KILLED, THROWN FROM CAR - Girl strangled with school tie
Andre Williams, STAR Writer
Scores of curious onlookers converged in Olympic Gardens yesterday afternoon after the body of a 14-year-old schoolgirl was thrown from a vehicle on Lothian Avenue.
She has been identified as 14-year-old Hailie Selassie student Sherifa Saddler of a Tower Hill address.
Information reaching THE STAR is that Saddler's body was found lying face down on Lothian Avenue off Olympic Way in Kingston 11.
Investigators said the girl's tie was tightened around her neck and she had bruises on her face. They are theorising that strangulation was the cause of death.
Eyewitnesses say she was thrown from a white Mitsubishi motor car which sped off as soon as the body left the vehicle. Her school bag was also thrown into a nearby gully, metres away from the body.
THE STAR gathered that members of the Flying Squad retrieved the school bag from the gully.
According to the police, her body was found at approximately 11:30 a.m.
When THE STAR arrived on the scene, there were scores of high-profile police officers on the ground seemingly scoping the area.
ACP George Quallo, Area 4 commander, and SSP Delroy Hewitt, divisional commander, were spotted by our news team liaising with Scene of Crime detectives, members of the Flying Squad, and officers attached to the St Andrew South Division who were on hand.
SSP Hewitt told THE STAR, "We have contacted her school and her parents. She left home for school but she did not reach. Our investigations are ongoing."
While her body was being lifted and placed in a body bag, $60 fell from her uniform pocket as she was still clad in her uniform, though her shoes were missing.
Her aunt, who was first of her relatives to reach the scene, wept openly as she was in disbelief that someone would murder her niece.
Her aunt told THE STAR, "Sherifa was a very straightforward girl. Her father died, now she is gone. I can't say anymore (she broke down in tears), wait til her mother come."
Saddler's cousin Kimani Morgan also spoke well of her.
He told THE STAR, "Not because is my favourite cousin, but she was one in million ... she was a phenomenal person ... she was feisty, but in her own right."
Morgan also told our news team that he last saw Sherifa on Monday, and her last words to him were, "later my cousin."