At service for guard, slain woman's friends share vibrant memories

March 05, 1991|By Sandra Crockett | Sandra Crockett,Baltimore County Bureau of The Sun

There were no answers at a memorial service yesterday for the 23-year-old woman whose bludgeoned body was found Feb. 23 floating in a shallow pool at a private boarding school for girls in Baltimore County.

There were only questions about who would want to kill Kimberly R. Kenna, who worked as a part-time security guard at St. Timothy's in Stevenson, and loving remembrances of what she brought to theschool's close-knit community.

To Emily, a 16-year-old junior who asked that her last name be withheld, Kimberly was an older friend who was easy to talk to, someone who loved laughter and never had a bad word to say about anyone.

"I taught her how to sew, and we used to sit and watch TV and sew together," Emily told the crowd who filled the small campus chapel. "She will remain in my heart."

To Galen Brewster, the headmaster at the school, Kimberly was a caring person with a ready smile.

"We all have good memories to keep of this wonderful person," Mr. Brewster said.

To Fred Cartright, head of security at the school, Kimberly's vibrant personality was special.

"I don't think I ever told Kim how much I loved her laughter and her energy," Mr. Cartright recalled. "We all liked Kim. We all loved Kim."

But Mr. Cartright took time to urge the students never to forget that the world can be treacherous.

"Living in this garden called St. Timothy's, it's easy to forget that

children go hungry . . . that evil exists," he said. "Our garden was visited by a manifestation of evil a week ago."

Ms. Kenna's funeral service was held in Pittsburgh, where she was born and where her family lives. The memorial service was attended by her parents, brother and fiance.

Most of the 107 students and 23 faculty members also were at the service. The majority of them live on the campus of the exclusive boarding school in the 8400 block of Greenspring Avenue.

Police still have no suspects in the slaying of Ms. Kenna, whose body was found early Saturday, Feb. 23, on the picturesque 234-acre campus.

For about a year, Ms. Kenna had lived in a dormitory on the campus and had worked from 6 p.m. to 7 a.m. as a part-time security guard.

Police gave this account of the slaying:

A teacher who was walking her dog past the guard shack shortly after 7 a.m. Feb. 23 noticed Ms. Kenna's white Chevrolet Beretta parked at the side of the road, the shack door open, a television on and blood on the ground.

The teacher followed a trail of blood about 20 yards to a small pond, which is partially bordered by a low stone wall, where Ms. Kenna body was discovered.

Ms. Kenna was found wearing her blue guard's jacket and a shirt, said E. Jay Miller, spokesman for thecounty police. Her other clothes had been tossed into the water, he said.

Evidence gathered at the scene indicates that Ms. Kenna was attacked in the guardhouse and then dragged to the pond, Mr. Miller said.

Mr. Brewster said someone had last seen Ms. Kenna alive on the campus about 1 a.m. -- six hours before she was found dead. Police "were quite confident" that Ms. Kenna was caught by surprise and did not have time to use the walkie-talkie in the shack to alert school officials, Mr. Brewster said.

Ms. Kenna was an athletic woman who enjoyed running along the roads through the woods and fields on the sprawling campus.

She was saving money to go to graduate school and had begun working about two months ago at TGI Fridays, a Towson bar and restaurant, on various shifts during the week.

She was a 1989 graduate from the College of Health and Human Development of Pennsylvania State University's State College campus.

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