Reporting Rochelle Ritchie
BALTIMORE (WJZ)—We now know more about the disturbing murder of a Baltimore City health employee, who was laid to rest Thursday afternoon. Baltimore City Police say she was bound and murdered in her home by a man she met online.
Rochelle Ritchie spoke with family and friends who call her death senseless.
On this Valentine’s Day, friends and family of Jennifer Conyers are filled with heartbreak and say the question of why simply cannot be answered for her gruesome murder.
Broken hearts pour out of Sharp Street Memorial United Methodist Church as friends and family say goodbye to 33-year-old Jennifer Conyers, a Baltimore City health employee found murdered in her home.
“It’s just a tragedy what has happened. I mean, you know, it is just terrible,” said Ora Dawedeit, victim’s co-worker.
Baltimore City Police have her alleged killer behind bars.
Monte Carter, 38, is charged with first- and second-degree murder, assault and false imprisonment.
“I don’t know what else to call him but an animal behind bars for an absolutely egregious murder,” said Anthony Guglielmi, Baltimore City police spokesman.
The circumstances surrounding Conyer’s murder are unfathomable.
“It’s just a tragedy of her death. She was very loving and kind,” said Myra Gallman, family friend.
According to the charging documents, last Friday Baltimore City firefighters responded to a house fire in the 5700-block of Highgate Drive.
They found Conyer’s lifeless body lying face down in the basement.
They believe Carter tied her up with wires and electrical cords from the computer and dragged her to the basement.
Investigators also discovered a large area of blood on the floor in a bedroom.
Carter was taken into custody after he was found driving Conyer’s white Mustang.
He had blood on his jeans and shoes, and told police he had been using cocaine and heroin for several days.
He also said he met Conyers through an online dating site, a popular tool that can be a deadly way to find love.
“If you’re a predator looking to harm other people, these sites are a perfect hunting ground,” said Tim Woda, online dating expert.
Conyer’s uncle, Samuel Moore, spoke with WJZ after the funeral and says justice and healing are what they seek.
“How does the family move forward? Through Christ that strengthens us,” Moore said.
Carter is also charged with theft and robbery.
Police say Carter used Conyer’s debit card to purchase items to sell for drugs.