ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan offered a $100,000 reward on Wednesday for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever is responsible for the death of an elderly woman in a Baltimore church.
Hogan said he has directed the Maryland State Police and all state law enforcement agencies to assist the Baltimore Police Department with its investigation and to provide enhanced visibility patrols “in an all-hands-on-deck effort.”
The 69-year-old grandmother’s death inside an East Baltimore church “has shaken city residents and community leaders to the core,” Hogan, a Republican, said in a news release.
Evelyn Player, a church sexton, was found dead inside the Southern Baptist Church on Tuesday.
The governor added that the slaying follows a string of senseless violence, including a killing in a barber shop and the assault of a priest during the daytime in Little Italy last week.
“This heartbreaking violence is tearing the city apart,” Hogan said. “Enough is enough. We need immediate action.”