A woman who was shot and killed as she left work on Friday was married to two men – a convicted drug lord and an acclaimed Ghanian actor – according to Baltimore police.
A gunman chased down Bettie Jenifer, 44, of the Baltimore suburb of Bowie, Md., on Friday and shot her several times, killing her with a shot to the head.
“This happened in broad daylight, in front of multiple witnesses, right in front of an office complex,” Greenbelt Police Department Spokesperson George Mathews told ABC affiliate WJLA.
Jenifer had married actor Chris Attoh in October 2018 in Accra, the capital of the West African nation, according to WJLA. But she didn’t file for divorce from first husband Kedrick Jenifer until April 9 of this year, NBC News reported.
Jenifer has been serving a 20-year sentence for leading a drug trafficking ring since pleading guilty in 2015.
Police said they are investigating all angles, including a tweet from Attoh four hours before Jenifer’s murder.
“When it comes to relationships, remaining faithful is never an option but a priority,” he tweeted. “Loyalty is ever…”
After his wife’s death, Attoh’s management said he had no comment.
“He is grieving and has no comment at this stage,” his management company told Fox 5 DC.
Kedrick Jenifer, 47, pleaded guilty in October to dealing drugs and other charges, the Baltimore Sun reported at the time. According to police he oversaw several couriers, one of whom was shot in the back of the head in Baltimore in 2012, the Baltimore Sun said.
“We’re casting a wide net, looking at any and all information that could possibly help us apprehend who did this,” Greenbelt Police Department spokesman George Mathews told Fox 5 DC. Greenbelt is a Baltimore suburb.
Police said Bettie Jenifer was shot in a car park as she left her office building around 5:10 p.m. on Friday. A gunman, who witnesses described as a middle-aged black man wearing a black sleeveless top, followed her, firing multiple times and hitting her twice as she fled.
The murder occurred in front of at least 10 witnesses, according to the Associated Press. The shooter jumped into a blue car and got away. He is still being sought.
“Our investigators do not believe this was random. It was very brazen – it happened in broad daylight in front of multiple witnesses,” Greenbelt Police Department spokesperson George Mathews told Fox 5. “And that’s very concerning, but we do not believe this was a random act.”
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