A US Marine has been found guilty of murdering his former junior prom date in 2018, brutalizing her body and leaving her on the bleachers of a Baltimore high school.
Christopher Rather, a 23-year-old Marine was convicted Monday of second-degree murder by a Baltimore jury in relation to the slaying of 20-year-old Jasmine Pierce-Morris.
Pierce-Morris’ body was discovered on the bleachers at the sports field outside of Reginald F Lewis School of Business and Law High School, her hands restrained and her face resting in a pool of her own blood. She was spotted after a local’s dogs alerted her to the body.
“I’ve never seen anything like this. What is wrong with this world?” said the local, who was speaking to 911 dispatch.
Next to Pierce-Morris’ corpse was a photo from her junior high school days, posing with Rather.
According to the Daily Mail, the victim’s mother claimed that Rather was obsessed with Pierce-Morris, and that the two had dated in school.
Texts sent from Pierce-Morris’ phone reveal that the two were scheduled to meet at the school. Prosecutors believe that Rather killed the young woman because she was seeing someone else.
Hours before SWAT descended upon his home and arrested him two days after the murder, Rather wrote a “touching” goodbye on Facebook.
“I really cannot believe she’s gone,” he wrote. “My Best friend, Ex-Lover, my calm, my happiness, my therapist, my motivator just gone. She was too young and it was not her time to go. Rest easy baby girl! I will always love you and have you in my heart.”
Rather will be sentenced in October, and faces up to 43 years in prison.
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