Reservoir Hill shooting victim identified

Police exploring possible domestic violence motive

April 07, 2011|By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun

The 32-year-old woman fatally shot early Wednesday in Baltimore's Reservoir Hill neighborhood was remembered as a tireless and caring case manager for adults with disabilities, according to family and her employer.

Keenya Jordan was found shot multiple times by an unknown man at 1:15 a.m. in the 600 block of Lennox St. Detectives were exploring "possible domestic ties," according to a spokesman.

Jordan, who lived in Gwynn Oak until moving to Reservoir Hill in November, had worked since 2000 for the National Center on Institutions and Alternatives, working with youth and more recently as a case manager for adults with developmental disabilities who had been released from state hospitals.

"She was a wonderful, untiring advocate for our clients," said Herbert Hoelter, chief executive officer and co-founder of the center. "It's very somber here today. Keenya was well-loved, and was just a great spirit."

Her mother, Sidney Washington, said Jordan cooked Thanksgiving dinners for her clients and had arranged trips to Las Vegas and Disney World. At the time of her death, she was working with clients in Laurel.

"She treated them with dignity and respect, and she did for them like she would want somebody to do for her," said Washington, 52.

Washington said Jordan "changed the atmosphere when she walked into a room."

"What she brought to this world, nobody can ever take away," she said.

Court records show she had filed assault charges and two peace orders against a 30-year-old man, most recently in December. Homicide detectives asked anyone with information to call 410-396-2012.

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