Journalist killed in mass shooting she was meant to report on — Analysis

Virginia newspaper reporter was one of five people killed in a shooting at a Norfolk restaurant on Saturday morning. Her editor had repeatedly asked her to report the event.

Sierra Jenkins, who was a reporter for The Virginian-Pilot, died at a hospital after the shooting outside Chicho’s Pizza Backstage on Saturday morning in the port city. According to the family of Sierra Jenkins, she was with her best friend who were at Chicho’s Pizza Backstage when the shootout began.

According to reports, an argument broke out at the bar as people were about to leave at 1:30am. Jenkins, who was leaving the bar at 1:30am was in the middle of an argument and suffered fatal injuries. Later, she was pronounced dead at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital.

When Jenkins’ editor learned about the fatal shooting that left two dead and three injured, he had tried to reach out to her and ask her to cover the story, as it would’ve been her shift to cover any breaking news that day.

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“Sierra was a bright and talented woman with so much going for her. Her passion for journalism was undeniable and our community is better because of her reporting,”Kris Worrell (editor-in-chief, Virginia Media), which is the owner of The Virginian-Pilot, said this.

“Sierra was funny and energetic and full of enthusiasm. We are absolutely heartbroken,”He added.

Jenkins started out as an investigative reporter at The Virginian-Pilot. She later moved on to become an education correspondent. The weekend prior to the shooting, Jenkins had turned 25.

In total, five persons were injured in the shooting. Devon M. Harris was 25 years old, and three others were injured. One of these injuries could have been fatal.

As of Monday morning, police have yet to announce any arrests in connection with the shooting.

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