Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Caught Up In The Rapture

I just read the tragic story of Tiesha Sargeant and I wanted to share it to be sure that this cautionary tale made it outside of the New York area.

Tiesha Sargeant was 26 years old on May 14 when she was murdered – a pillow shoved over her face, a single bullet to her head – in the apartment that she shared with her boyfriend Keve Huggins in Brooklyn. Keve told Tiesha that he designed t-shirts and websites for party promoters for a living. According to the police, he admitted to selling $6,000 worth of marijuana in their apartment the afternoon of her murder. The detectives on the case still believe that Tiesha’s murder is tied to her boyfriend’s drug deal.

What makes Tiesha’s story unique is that she was supposed to have been the girl who escaped all of that.

Born to a working-class Guyanese family in Crown Heights Brooklyn, Tiesha got the break many smart, working-class public kids hope for, she got into Prep for Prep, an organization that prepares these kids to enter the most elite private schools in Manhattan free. Tiesha went to Brearley, one of the best all-girl schools and then on to Wesleyan. She would go on to work on Wall Street and at Conde Nast.

Her story is in this week’s New York magazine. As the article noted, Tiesha’s story was covered in the papers for several days, but then they lost interest. One of Tiesha’s friends told the magazine, “If she was a single white female lost in the Caribbean, we’d still be hearing about it.” Another friend blogged about Tiesha's death here.

As for Huggins, Tiesha’s father, Henry Sargeant, was never really impressed with him. He has told several New York papers that he doesn’t believe that Keve is telling the whole truth about the incident. Mr. Sargeant told New York magazine, “You got a woman that’s accomplished like that – he knows he’s got it made. He knows he doesn’t even have to work any place. Tiesha can just take care of him. She always empathized with someone who had promise. I think she was in love with him.”

Sounds like father really does know best.

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Blogger Brill said...

Hey Nichelle. I don't get it.
This whole opposites attract
thing is ridiculous. It makes
me wonder if some of these
sistahs really love them-
selves at all.

July 13, 2006 at 11:20 PM  
Blogger Nichelle said...

Hey Brill- welcome!

I don't know that she didn't love herself. My guess is that she was not only blinded by love, she was determined not to be labeled "judgmental" or "materialistic" and she wanted to give this guy a chance.

July 14, 2006 at 1:08 AM  
Blogger SmartBlkWoman said...

Nichelle said:....she was determined not to be labeled "judgmental" or "materialistic" and she wanted to give this guy a chance.

I've seen so many black women being told that "having high standards and not wanting to deal with foolishness and mediocrity" is akin to being stuck-up. It's crazy.

There is nothing wrong with looking at a grown man that has issues and deciding that because he has problems you don't want to date him.

I also think living together before marriage is a bad idea and I'm sorry to hear about the tragic death of this young woman.

July 15, 2006 at 12:01 AM  
Blogger Nichelle said...

Smartblkwoman - We agree with you 100.%

July 15, 2006 at 12:29 PM  
Blogger Nichelle said...

I meant to say "I" agree with you 100%!

July 15, 2006 at 12:30 PM  
Blogger gibber said...

Wow. I didn't hear about this down in DC (we have our own crimes to not cover). So sad and tragic.

July 17, 2006 at 2:22 PM  
Blogger Nichelle said...

Thanks for stopping by Gibber.

And yes, her story truly ended in a sad and tragic way.

July 17, 2006 at 3:05 PM  
Blogger Sangindiva said...

This is sad thing.

July 17, 2006 at 7:08 PM  
Blogger tuckergurl said...

I've actually been looking for this article. I am going to write about this as well. Her story is such a tragic one.

July 24, 2006 at 12:03 AM  

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