Leads are few in fatal slashing in Catonsville

November 25, 2008|By Nick Madigan | Nick Madigan,nick.madigan@baltsun.com

A grainy, out-of-focus picture from a surveillance camera was about all Baltimore County police had to go on yesterday as they searched for a killer who, without warning, slashed the throat of a 24-year-old woman as she stood in line in a Catonsville liquor store.

Saturday's attack on Aysha Dawn Ring, who had planned on a career in the Navy, reverberated yesterday at Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Baltimore, where she had worked full time since June 2007, managing logistics for students in corporate internship programs.

"She did it with great enthusiasm - she was very, very committed to these girls and boys," the Rev. John W. Swope, the school's president, said yesterday after telling about 200 students at morning assembly about Ring's death.

"We're not even in mourning yet," he said. "I don't even know where we are right now. We're in shock."

Grief counselors from the Archdiocese of Baltimore and Loyola Blakefield, Cristo Rey's sister school in Towson, were helping students yesterday. Swope said a memorial service will be held later.

Ring had been studying business at Anne Arundel Community College and intended to move on to a four-year university before going into the Navy, Swope said.

Born in Hawaii to a military family, Ring graduated from Meade High School at Fort Meade. Her parents have been notified at their home in North Carolina, he said. She lived on Chadnor Court near Security Square Mall.

Baltimore County police said they had little to go on and were seeking the public's help in identifying the man who killed Ring on Saturday afternoon at Charing Cross Liquors in the 5200 block of Baltimore National Pike.

HELP POLICE

To view an image of the suspect, go to baltimoresun.com. Anyone with information about the attack is urged to call police at 410-307-2020 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-756-2587.

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