BALTIMORE (WJZ) — It has been less than a week since a Good Samaritan was murdered on Baltimore’s streets.
Prayers are pouring out for the Hartford County woman described as having a “heart of gold.”
Jacquelyn Smith was brutally murdered in east Baltimore less than a week ago, while helping a panhandler.
Smith was the first homicide of December, but number 283 for the year.
And as those in Baltimore gathered tonight against violence, Bishop Roger Tatum has a message to the people responsible.
A mainstay in her life and now in her death, Helping Hands Ministries in Churchville is grieving the loss and senseless murder of beloved member Jacquelyn Smith.
“She served here at the ministry. Whatever her hands found to do, that’s what she did. Loving young lady, deep love for her husband amen, and love for the people of god,” said the bishop.
Tatuem said the devastated congregation has been holding the family up in prayer since the news the 54-year-old was killed last weekend, during what police suspect was a robbery scheme near Latrobe Homes.
Police said she was stabbed and robbed inside her car after giving a money to a woman asking for help.
In Baltimore Thursday night, sweet prospect baptist church members — joined by officers — came together in prayer and tearfully stood together against senseless violence.
The prayers keep coming for both this woman of god and if you ask Bishop Tateum, the person who took her life.
“I would hopefully that they would come to a place of repentance — and they would turn themselves in,” he said. “And um… We’re praying for you.”
Police haven’t made any arrests in the case.
Crimestoppers is offering a $2,000 reward for information.
The public memorial for Smith is Friday at 6 p.m. at Helping Hands Ministries.