Editor tried to get reporter to cover shooting she was killed in

Editor tried to get reporter to cover shooting she was killed in

Virginia newspaper editor discovered his breaking news reporter had been killed in shooting after repeatedly trying to contact her because he wanted her to cover the crime

  • Sierra Jenkins, 25, a reporter who was killed during a shooting early Saturday was supposed to cover the very shooting that took her life, her editor said
  • Jenkins, who covered breaking news for The Virginian-Pilot, died at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital after the shooting outside Chicho’s Pizza 
  • Jenkins’ editor revealed that he had attempted to reach her numerous times after learning of the fatal shooting in an effort to assign the story to her
  • Her editor eventually learned that Jenkins’ herself was one of the two victims who had been killed in the deadly shooting
  • Norfolk police detectives were investigating the shooting, which also resulted in injuries to three others 
  • Jenkins was caught in the crossfire as she was leaving the bar, restaurant manager Rory Schindel told the newspaper

A Virginia newspaper reporter – who was one of two people killed during a shooting early Saturday – was supposed to be assigned to cover the very shooting that took her life, her editor said.

Sierra Jenkins, 25, who worked as a breaking news reporter for The Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk, died at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital after the shooting outside Chicho’s Pizza Backstage at around 1:55 am in the 300 block of Granby Street, according to officials.

Jenkins’ editor revealed that he had attempted to reach her numerous times after learning of the fatal shooting in an effort to assign the story to her, only to learn that she herself was one of the two victims that had been killed. 

‘Saturday would have been Sierra Jenkins’ turn to cover the breaking news shift for The Virginian-Pilot,’ the newspaper reported.

‘When an editor learned early Saturday that several people had been shot in downtown Norfolk, he called Jenkins repeatedly to ask her to cover it. But she couldn’t be reached.’

Norfolk police detectives were investigating the shooting, which also resulted in injuries to three others.  

Jenkins, pictured, died at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital after the shooting outside Chicho’s Pizza Backstage early Saturday morning

A person walks by Chicho’s Pizza Backstage, in Norfolk, Va., Saturday, March 19, 2022, where a fatal shooting took place outside the restaurant and bar earlier in the day.

A memorial for the slain reporter was spotted outside of the restaurant after the news of her killing

Jenkins, a Georgia State graduate, was caught in the crossfire as she was leaving the bar, restaurant manager Rory Schindel told the newspaper.

‘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,’ said Kris Worrell, editor-in-chief of Virginia Media, which operates The Virginian-Pilot and several other newspapers. 

‘Sierra was funny and energetic and full of enthusiasm. We are absolutely heartbroken.’ 

A memorial for the slain reporter was spotted outside of the restaurant after the news of her killing. 

No arrests had been announced as of Sunday afternoon. 

Jenkins grew up in Norfolk and graduated from Georgia State University. 

She worked as an intern at Atlanta Magazine and CNN before joining The Pilot in December 2020. 

Schindel said bartenders had announced last call for drinks and turned up the lights at about 1:30 am.


Devon M. Harris, 25, aka Malik Harris, was one of two people killed in Norfolk, Virginia, early on March 19, 2022

Jenkins, pictured, worked as an intern at Atlanta Magazine and CNN before joining The Pilot in December 2020


Jenkins, a Georgia State graduate, was caught in the crossfire as she was leaving the bar, restaurant manager Rory Schindel told the newspaper

Pictured: Jenkins as a child. The 25-year-old Virginia newspaper reporter was one of two people killed during a shooting early Saturday outside a restaurant and bar

Pictured: the 300 block of Granby Street, where Jenkins and Devon M. Harris were shot and killed early Saturday morning

An argument began outside as people started to leave, and shots rang out soon afterward, the newspaper reported.

Norfolk police identified the other person killed as Devon M. Harris, 25, of Portsmouth. 

Another woman had a life-threatening gunshot wound, while two more men received gunshot wounds that were not life-threatening, police said in a news release.

Jenkins father, Maurice Jenkins of Virginia Beach, told the newspaper his daughter ‘wasn’t much of a going-out kind of person at all’ but had a friend visiting the area who wanted to go out. 

‘I can just hear her voice in my head, “Hey, Dad,” just always, She was a daddy’s girl,’ Maurice Jenkins said of the his daughter.  

‘All kinds of life and opportunity ahead of her, but it was cut short because of senseless violence.’ 

Meanwhile, Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin tweeted about the tragic shooting, and noted Jenkins death in particular.

‘Our hearts are breaking for the lives lost in Norfolk, including Sierra Jenkins. The First Lady and I are praying for their families, friends, and the Virginian-Pilot community. 

Chicho’s Pizza Backstage was next to Tidewater Community College’s downtown Norfolk campus.

Sierra Jenkins’s birthday was last weekend. She got her first apartment in Virginia Beach a month ago after having lived with family, the newspaper reported. 

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