According to police, Cierra Ford’s shooting death in an apparent robbery outside a Sandy Springs condo is currently under investigation. On Friday, Ford was with her boyfriend when she was shot along the 100 block of North River Drive:

Boyfriend Tyrique Lobban, 21, was taken to the North Fulton Hospital with multiple gunshot wounds and is listed in critical, but stable condition. Robbery is thought to be a motive in the shooting.

Ford, 25, was a student at Clark Atlanta University majoring in communications at the black university. Ford’s family told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that she wanted to cover things relevant to the Black community, and in particular gun violence. 

“She cared about the community,” brother Clarence Ford said. “She cared about the issues that plague out community such as gun violence, incarceration.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective W. Johnson at 770-551-3314. Tipsters can also remain anonymous by contacting Crime Stoppers at 404-577-TIPS or

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