70-year-old Linda Burnette Dennis’ body was discovered at 10 a.m., Thursday morning behind a house in the 5000 block of Queensberry Avenue, in northwest Baltimore. Dennis was found unresponsive with gunshot wounds. Dennis was described as a Christian by a relative.
A woman who wished to remain anonymous said she felt for her and her family and wished they could get more guns and arrest more offenders.
“You are a coward, you are scum, and we will find you, we will hold you accountable.” Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott said Thursday.
“We cannot, cannot allow this to happen. We have to look at ourselves in a different way when we allow cowards to go and do something like that,” Scott said. “There are people out there that just don’t care. They don’t care about me, they don’t care about you, they don’t care about your hashtag, and they don’t care if a police officer is standing right there. And our responsibility is to make sure we remove those people from our streets.”
On Friday, officers spent the day in Pimlico, handing out flyers, knocking on doors, and talking to people.
Dennis worked with elders before retiring, and afterwards with children. Her family house was in the 5000 block of Queensberry Road. In the phone call, Dennis begged her relatives for help finding a locksmith to change her locks.
“She was telling me that she was having some problems with the people in the neighborhood,” the relative said. “We would try to get her to come here to visit. She said she was always scared to leave her house.”
An $8,000 prize for information leading to an arrest was announced by Gov. Larry Hogan on Friday.
Anyone with information is encouraged to phone 410-396-2100 or 866-7LOCKUP.