AFRO employee discovers dead body in Druid Hill Park

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By Sean Yoes
AFRO Senior Reporter
syoes@afro.com

In a city that has endured more than 300 homicides a year since 2015, it is easy for people to become numb to the murder and mayhem that is all around us. Perhaps it’s easier for many to just keep their heads down and keep it moving.

AFRO Finance Manager Bonnie Deanes isn’t one of those people.

On Jan. 19, Deanes was driving home from work when she saw something in Druid Hill Park around the 3100 block of Swann Drive that just didn’t seem right.

“I was coming home from work, it was about 7:30 p.m. and I was driving through the park,” said Deanes. “It’s the same route I take home every day.” However, on this day she noticed something out of the corner of her eye lying in the grass. “I caught a glance of something white in the grass,” Deanes, who was born in and currently lives in West Baltimore, explained. She said she drove a little further when she saw a BGE crew and she asked them to assist. “I said, ‘Can you help me? I think I saw somebody lying on the side of the road.’” She drove back to the object in the grass along with the men she had recruited to investigate.

“I put my high beams on and started blowing my horn, but there was no movement. Then I just called it in and remained in my vehicle until the fire department arrived,” Deanes recalled.

What she saw was a body beneath a white cover, with red shoes sticking out from beneath it. The body was later discovered to be that of 30-year-old Breonna Rogers. According to the Baltimore Police Department (BPD) she sustained a gunshot wound to the neck. She was declared dead when medics arrived on the scene. Allegedly, Rogers’ family was instructed by homicide detectives that they shouldn’t speak on the death of their loved one because detectives are in the midst of an active murder investigation. However, the family has communicated their gratitude to Deanes for caring enough to investigate what could have been a precarious situation, instead of putting her head down at the end of a long day and just going straight home.

“Because I believe in helping, it’s the way I was raised,” said Deanes. “You just don’t ignore someone in need. That’s all I was doing.”

Homicide Detectives are asking anyone with information to contact them at 410.396.2100 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 1.866.7Lockup.