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Authorities in Maryland are searching for a fugitive from justice after an unidentified man shot and killed a clerk while robbing a 7-Eleven convenience store and then fled the scene.
Lynn Marie Maher, a 49-year-old White Plains resident, was working at a 7-Eleven in Waldorf last week when the robbery occurred, the Charles County Sheriff's Office said in a press release. At around midnight on Thursday, a man wearing a face mask and a dark hooded sweatshirt entered the store, brandished a gun, and demanded money. Maher did as she was told, but the suspect is believed to have taken the money and shot her before fleeing. Maher died from her injuries at the scene.
The suspect in question has yet to be apprehended. He is described in the release as a slender Black male who is between 5’7” and 5’10” tall, and who was wearing jeans and dark-colored sneakers at the time of the robbery.
Maher's family and community is mourning the loss of Maher, who is survived by her husband, Travis Maher, and their children.
"Last night between 1230-100 a.m., October 1st, a robber took my wife, mother, grand mother, sister, Lynn Marie Maher from us. Anyone that knew Lynn knew she loved life, teaching Tae Kwon Do, and being there for her family and friends," Travis Maher wrote in a public Facebook post. "She was held up at gun point last night, gave the robber everything she could on witness accounts, and had nothing else to give in this persons eyes other than her valued and loved life."
The Mahers first fell in love as teens while attending Seneca Valley High School in Germantown, NBC Washington reports. After reconnecting as adults in Iowa, they moved back to Maryland around a decade ago and raised four children together.
Lynn Maher held a second-degree black belt in taekwondo and was passionate about teaching children, according to WUSA9.
"She loved teaching the kids," her brother-in-law, Chris Maher, told the outlet. "That was her calling. She just wanted to help the children, help other kids, especially underprivileged kids."
Lynn Maher is believed to have been working in the store alone at the time of the robbery, although authorities believe that customers may have also been present in the store or nearby at the time, NBC Washington reports. Investigators are reviewing surveillance footage and are hoping to release videos of the suspect soon.
Charles County Crime Solvers, a local organization, is offering a reward of up to $2,500, and 7-Eleven is offering a reward up to $10,000 for information leading to the killer's arrest, authorities said last week. Anyone with any information is encouraged to contact Det. J. Feldman at (301) 609-6474 or submit an anonymous tip by calling the Charles County Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS.
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