Esteè Sawyerr
24 Years Old

December 18, 1977 to September 11, 2002

Esteé Sawyerr, 24, aspired to fashion. Once in a lifetime along comes a bright star. On December 18, 1977, God in his infinite grace, saw fit to share this star with us. That star was Esteé Natasha Sawyerr.

She was named Esteé after the beauty magnate, Esteé Lauder. She attended St. Mary’s Elementary School and St. Vincent’s Academy where she graduated in 1995. After high school, she continued her education at Pratt Institute in New York. Her enrollment and attendance was a childhood dream of her father.

As a student, Esteé was well known for her unique sense of style and fashion. Her original designs were modeled at the annual Pratt Institute Fashion Show. She graduated with a bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in June 2000. After graduating, her father gave her the gift of travel by sending her to study marketing in Oxford, London, Blenheim, Florence, Milan, Ancona, Chamerolles and Paris. Upon her return, she worked as an assistant to the creative director of women’s wear at Nautica. She was most recently employed by the Gap as a visual assistant.

She was featured in “Braids and Beauty” Magazine in 2000. Esteé left us all too soon on September 11, 2002. To her close friends and family, Esteé was a class act, sometimes stubborn, always a peacemaker, and to her credit there will never be another person like her.

We love you Esteé and salute your Life!!!


Esteé Natasha Sawyerr was killed Wednesday, September 11, 2002 in a murder-suicide. Her boyfriend, Michael Spellman, killed her by stabbing her in the lung and setting her remains on fire and then leaped to his death from the window of his East Orange apartment.

back to 26

Estee Sawyer