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Frederick Police Need Help Cracking Burger King Murder Case

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FREDERICK, Md. (WJZ)—Murder is not something that happens often in the city of Frederick, and an unknown killer on the loose is equally uncommon.

But, as Alex DeMetrick reports, that’s exactly what Frederick police are dealing with Thursday evening.

The Burger King on Patrick Street in Frederick has posted a sign remembering Jacinta “Patty” Ayala, 32. The mother of three and restaurant manager was murdered last Friday apparently by a robber who was waiting for her to open for the breakfast shift.

“We received a call just prior to 6 a.m. that a co-worker and a delivery person had found the manager of the Burger King suffering from a gunshot wound in the back office,” said Lt. Clark Pennington, Frederick Police.

On Thursday, police installed two electric signs near the restaurant because the suspect in the killing is unknown. There’s no physical description, no similar early morning robberies. Flyers have also been going out in English and Spanish and police say the appeal is helping.

“We’ve had a quite a few tips,” Pennington said.

Police say there are no surveillance cameras inside the Burger King, but they are checking outside video from other businesses. Investigators in this case say people do want to help.

“We haven’t had a crime of this significance in Frederick in many years,” Pennington said. “It has shocked the community. It’s really hitting a lot of people here, so we’re asking for anyone with information to give us a call.”

Even people who might have been driving by before dawn last Friday are being asked to think back and call police if they remember anything.

Last year there were two homicides.

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