Vigil revisits homicide scene

January 07, 2007|By Rona Marech | Rona Marech,Sun reporter

Hoping to flush out witnesses, about 20 people held a candlelight vigil yesterday evening at the West Baltimore corner where Ronald "Jay" Kinzer was shot to death almost one year ago.

Family members and friends say Kinzer's killing has not received enough attention, and they don't want the 33-year-old Columbia resident to become another forgotten victim.

"He might not have blue eyes and blond hair and be on TV every day and Sunday. But we loved him, and somebody knows who killed him," said his mother, Penelope Morgan, waving a framed photograph of her son.

People accuse police of failing to solve crimes, she said, "but you won't give them anything because you don't want to snitch. I say, start snitching."

Aunts, cousins, siblings and other relatives of Kinzer's held candles and passed out fliers about the case with information about a reward for information. Several passers-by stopped to watch, and the Rev. Charles E. Williams led a prayer. "Lord, we're tired of the genocide," he said.

Kinzer was shot Jan. 9, 2006, while washing his car at 3:30 p.m. at an Edmondson Avenue gas station. He ran across the street and fell in front of New York Fried Chicken, where the gunman stood over him and shot him again, according to police. The shooting appeared to be a targeted killing, but the motive is unknown, Morgan said. No arrests have been made.

Kinzer, who grew up in West Virginia, was spoiled by a doting grandmother, said cousin Leon Green, who flew from Los Angeles to attend the vigil. Their family is tight-knit, said Green: "He would never let any harm come to us. That's for real."

Kinzer, married with four children, had served 12 years in prison a drug charge. At the time of his death, he had been out of prison for three years and was working in a temporary job, his mother said. She does not know if he was dealing drugs at the time of his death.

"He didn't deserve to die like that," she said. "Jay was a good kid."

Metro Crime Stoppers at 410-276-8888 is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to an arrest or indictment.

rona.marech@baltsun.com

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