With our deepest sympathy to her family, friends and community, this flag is offered in memory of Sierra Newbold, to be shared freely among all with the desire to keep her memory alive. The underlying colors in the picture are symbols of unquenched longing (yellow), pain, suffering and bloodshed (red), death, mourning and sorrow (black), and the most important: hope, compassion, help and recovery are represented in the white sun rising. (Click on the image to see full sized downloadable copy.)
Sierra Newbold, age 6, of West Jordan, Utah was kidnapped, raped and murdered on June 26, 2012. Her nearby neighbor Terry Black, 41, is charged with the crimes. An autopsy reported that Sierra was sexually assaulted, strangled and then drowned in a neighborhood canal. The official cause of death was drowning. Her killer entered the Newbold home through a sliding glass door and took Sierra from her bed. Charges filed in court on July 10, 2012 were: Aggravated Murder, Child Kidnapping, and Rape of a Child. Sierra’s funeral was at Redwood Memorial Cemetery in West Jordan, on June 30, 2012.
For detailed information about the case:
Court document – Charges filed against murderer – Stave v. Terry Black (PDF), July 10, 2012, Court Case # 121906340 (PDF).
Obituary – Sierra Lynn Newbold, from blog post of Memorial Estates mortuary service, June 26, 2012. Excerpt:
Our precious daughter, sister, and friend Sierra was tragically taken from us on June 26, 2012 in West Jordan, Utah. She was born November 8, 2005 in Salt Lake City, to Kathy and Brad Newbold.
Sierra was outgoing and made friends everywhere she went. She was eager to grow up, drive, and get her “very own” cell phone. She loved to draw and was an incredible artist at a very young age. She loved dancing, hiking, and being active. She loved life and lived it to the fullest. She was a proud member of the West Jordan Youth Soccer team “Orange Crush”. She learned to read and loved reading while in kindergarten and was looking forward to starting first grade. Her best friend was her little sister, Taylor. They did everything together. She had the amazing ability to make everyone happy with her big brown eyes and her beautiful smile.
Neighbor arrested in murder of 6-year-old Sierra Newbold, July 10, 2012, comprehensive news report by Pat Reavy at ksl.com (KSL TV / Newsradio)
List of many news reports and pictures (Google search result on ksl.com “pat reavy” “sierra newbold”), includes many sources other than KSL.
SANDY, Utah (ABC4 News) – The Festival of Trees is home to over 700 decorated trees, but one has a story that touched the hearts of many. Sierra Newbold was kidnapped and murdered in June 2012. To honor her memory, a tree adorned with pink and white ornaments stands at the event. It’s called “Remembering Sierra.” … For more on this story, watch the video linked to this page.