Tyra Womack, a radio announcer for “Gospel Grace”, was shot to death outside her Lauraville neighborhood home Wednesday night.
What We Know
- For more than 30 years, Tyra Womack, 57, also known as Tyra Phillip (professional name), has been an announcer on WEAA-FM’s “Gospel Grace” program where she would give information on things happening in the church community. She also worked as an administrative assistant at the U.S. Post Office. Her life ended tragically when she was fatally shot outside her Lauraville home Wednesday night. The police were called just before 9 p.m. only to arrive and see Womack suffering from the bullets.
- According to Carolyn Showell, the executive director of First Apostolic Faith Church in East Baltimore, the church Womack attended, she received a call from Womack’s niece after Wednesday night Bible study had ended and was informed that Womack was shot. “She was hysterical,” she explained. “All she said is, ‘Somebody shot Tyra.’ “
- After the shooting Wednesday night, Womack’s family and more than 25 church members rushed to the John Hopkins Hospital to await news on Womack’s condition. Because of COVID-19 restrictions, they were asked to wait outside. The doctor came out and spoke to Womack’s mother and, according to Showell, everyone knew.
- Baltimore Police spokeswoman Detective Nicole Monroe called Womack’s death “a senseless, tragic murder” and said that the shooting could have stemmed from a neighborhood dispute. And although they have a person of interest, no additional information can be dispersed just yet because it’s an ongoing investigation.
- WEAA gave their condolences and prayers to Womack’s family on Twitter, using her professional name because that’s how they acknowledged her at work.
“WEAA offers condolences and prayers to the family of our beloved Tyra Phillips (Womack),” the post said. “We are heartbroken about her passing and remember her beautiful, gentle, sweet spirit today. Tyra was heard on Sunday’s Gospel Grace programs for many years at WEAA.”
- And neighbors who refuse to identify themselves were shocked about the incident because, according to one neighbor, “things like this don’t happen here,” referring to the neighborhood.
Investigators are asking for anyone with information regarding the incident to call homicide detectives at 410-396-2100 or the Metro Crime Stoppers tip line at 1-866-7LOCKUP.