VIDEO: Slain Tamica Riley wanted to move out of the West Side, friend says

Tamica Riley was smothered to death Sept. 14 in the 800 block of South California Avenue in the West Garfield Park neighborhood.

Prosecutors claim Andrea Brown, 23, believed Riley owed her money and took Riley’s shoes. Brown said she wouldn’t give 37-year-old Riley her shoes back until she paid the money she owed, prosecutors said.

Brown then allegedly knocked Riley to the ground, placed her arm over Riley’s neck, then put her body over Riley’s face, preventing Riley from breathing, prosecutors said.

Riley died at the scene. Brown, who ran away from the scene, was arrested on the sidewalk in the 3100 block of West Polk Street and was ordered held in lieu of $2 million bond, authorities said.

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