Caught Up In The Rapture
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.