Updated: Oct 16, 2022
Kiara Windom, 18, Harvey, Illinois
Kimika Coleman 18, Chicago, Illinois
Mariah Edwards 17, Blue Island, Illinois
Sonny Pierce was questioned in the death of his girlfriend’s toddler, but never charged. Seventeen month old Jordan Woods died by choking. Pierce told police that the toddler was reaching for him and he ignored Jordan thinking he just wanted attention. Pierce’s mother said Jordan passed out after suffering from high blood sugar linked to a diabetic condition. The night he died she said she heard loud noises in Pierce’s apartment and found him trying to resuscitate Jordan.
Jordan had previously suffered a broken leg but Pierce reported his leg got caught in a playpen. Pierce’s mother said Jordan also had his leg mauled by a dog. An autopsy found that the cause and manner of death were both inconclusive. Moreover, a worker at the ME’s office said she couldn’t find record of Jordan’s case. DCFS reported there was ‘credible evidence against Pierce’ of death by neglect. No charges were filed.
Two months later 17 year old Mariah Edwards vanished.
An unnamed fifteen year old girl was lured in to her car, dragged in to his house, was choked until she passed out, and raped. Sonny Pierce was arrested for these allegations, and subsequently charged with three counts of First Degree Murder for three other young ladies, two of which have been found murdered, and one still missing. In 2015 this young lady admitted she lied to her parents so she could go to a party, and Pierce was there. She said everyone smoked pot including herself. He assaulted her in the bathroom barged in and touching her breasts. Two hours later he raped her again. When she tried screaming a wrapped a towel around her mouth and told her if she told anyone he would kill her. This was at her fourteenth birthday party.
She reported the attack to police which brought the following three girls disappearances to be investigated.
KIMIKA COLEMAN KIARA WINDOM
Kimika Coleman, eighteen at the time, and Kiara Windom also eighteen were lured when they met Sonny Pierce on social media chat lines, met Pierce, and then raped and murdered in 2009 just weeks apart from each other. Both of their lifeless bodies were found in different allies of Blue Island, Illinois, where a third young woman, Mariah Edwards of Blue Island would also be murdered, allegedly by Pierce.
Phone records and DNA evidence show that Pierce had twenty calls between him with Kiara the night before her body was found.
When law enforcement took his computer, they found a video of Pierce having sex with Mariah Edwards, after her death. Law enforcement believes that he had already murdered her while this gruesome video was being taped. Pierce admitted to raping Mariah “in front of other men then beat her until she was dead”. Pierce, however, refuses to say where he put her. Mariah is still missing and has been added to the NAMUS database, a National Missing Persons Database for the Missing and the Unidentified across the Nation.
Pierce, while allegedly admitting to part of his crimes, stated that he is Innocent, and that he is only guilty of “having consensual sex with too many women” saying sex is not murder. His mother agrees, publicly stating that she believes Pierce is innocent because he said so. “No way did he kill one person let alone several”.
He has been in the Cook County Jail since the arrest for the assault on the fifteen year old, August 27, 2010, but has successfully delayed this court case and the other three counts of First Degree Murder by jumping in and out of the mental health facilities causing years of court delays, and endless trauma to these families. Finally, in 2015 he was deemed competent to stand trial in 2015.
Mariah Edwards was last seen 9/28/2010. Pierce told police that he invited her to his house and raped her in front of other men and her with these other men until she was dead. She lived in an apartment complex across the street from his.
Some that know Sonny Pierce do not believe he could do something like this and is innocent.
Now, October 2022, after more than a generation of these families waiting for justice, He plead guilty to Kiara Windom's murder. All other charges including the deaths of Kimika & Mariah have been dropped. He is now in prison (since 10/11/2022) and his projected parole date is 06/22/2057 (yes he gets parole). Today, he is only 39 years old. He never had to stand and state what really happened to these girls, or where Mariah Edwards is.
Thank you to the Cook County State Attorney's Office for failing. Again.
Information accumulated by:
The Chicago Tribune