Family makes plea to help find killer Police say no new tips have been offered in shooting of TSU student

March 15, 1996|By Kris Antonelli | Kris Antonelli,SUN STAFF

The family of a Towson State University student who was shot to death in a shopping center parking lot this month made an emotional plea yesterday for help finding her killer.

In an afternoon news conference, the parents of Joann E. LeCornu said her death on their 34th wedding anniversary has devastated the family. And they reiterated their offer of $22,000 for information that would close the case.

"I earnestly hope and pray that this killer will be apprehended, brought to trial, convicted and punished ," said John LeCornu, her father. "Nothing prepares us to bury our children. No grief is greater."

Ms. LeCornu, 23, was shot in the back at 3: 40 a.m. March 2 as she sat in her Honda Civic in the parking lot of the Anneslie Shopping Center in the 6400 block of York Road.

Although Baltimore County homicide detectives are working "around the clock" on the case and were waiting by the phone after the reward was announced Wednesday, they say they have not received new tips.

"But we are following dozens of leads that led us down several avenues," said Lt. Craig Bowers of the homicide unit. "Some of those leads have taken us into the city."

He said detectives have interviewed "countless" people and are trying to determine exactly where Ms. LeCornu was in the hours before her death.

Ms. LeCornu was a receptionist at Eastern Savings Bank in Hunt Valley.

After leaving work about 5: 30 p.m. that Friday, she and a friend went to the Mount Washington Tavern. She left the tavern about 2 a.m. Saturday, employees said.

She dropped off a friend in Roland Park and stopped to get beer. Detectives do not know why she was in the York Road parking lot, which was near her home in the 600 block of Gittings Ave., at that late hour.

During yesterday's news conference at her parents' Annapolis home, Ms. LeCornu's father, an assistant state's attorney in Anne Arundel County, recalled his daughter's "zest for living" and devotion to her family and fiance, Steve Dubin.

Joann "was my best friend and I loved her more than anything," said twin sister Jennifer LeCornu. "I feel like half of me died, too. My life will never be the same without her."

Anyone with information should call Metro Crime Stoppers at 276-8888 or police at 887-2198.

Pub Date: 3/15/96

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