This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, March 21, 2012 - Earlier this month, Sarah Billingsley-Walker — 18, a Vashon High School honors student, homecoming queen and co-valedictorian — was murdered, strangled to death allegedly by her “sometimes boyfriend,” 17-year-old Leonard Johnson.
One promising young life brought to an abrupt end. Another permanently altered because murder was an ill-chosen option. Two more statistics in a city widely considered the deadliest in the country. Another indictment on us all.