Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Portraits of Life: Diamond Turner

Diamond Turner

Compiled by Staff

DIAMOND TURNER. Say her name.

Not trash. Not widgets. Not just a statistic. Not forgotten. No, not one of the 51.

Despite the way their killer discarded their breathless brutalized bodies in assorted alleys, vacant lots, abandoned buildings or set ablaze in garbage cans from Chicago’s South Side to the West Side, they are human. 

Not garbage.

Say their names. Look into their eyes. See their souls…

No matter how sordid the details of some of these victims’ past, they were flesh and blood, heart and soul, human. All 51.

Diamond Turner, 21, is among the 51 women whose stories the “Unforgotten” project sought to tell. On March 3, 2017, she was found badly beaten and strangled, her body dumped in a trash bin in the 7300 block of South Kenwood Avenue, on the city’s South Side. 

Diamond’s case is the only one in the 51 in which a suspect has been arrested and charged with her murder. Police officials have said that suspect, charged in January 2020, is not apparently linked to the other 50 women.

Diamond’s family is among those we attempted unsuccessfully to reach during our project, though without success. What we can tell you about Diamond is that she is loved, she is missed, and she is not forgotten.