By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun
4:26 PM EST, February 13, 2013
Jennifer N. Conyers, a Baltimore City Health Department research analyst who enjoyed making jewelry and photography, was found slain Friday in her Northwest Baltimore home. She was 32.
Ms. Conyers' body was discovered in the basement of her home in the 5700 block of Highgate Drive by city firefighters.
Jennifer Nicole Conyers, the daughter of Harry Anthony Conyers, a Baltimore Detention Center case manager, and Alverta Elzine Moore Conyers, a retired Baltimore Sun copy editor, was born in Baltimore and raised on Key Avenue in Mount Washington.
"She came into this world with clenched fists, and she was a fighter throughout her life," said Mrs. Conyers. "She would always define her goals and go after them."
After graduating in 1998 from Western High School, Ms. Conyers earned a bachelor's degree in 2002 in psychology from Coppin State University. In 2006, she earned a master's degree from the University of Baltimore.
Ms. Conyers began her career working at Associated Black Charities, which administered the city's share of funds from the federal Ryan White Care Act that provided care for low-income and uninsured people infected with AIDS.
The program was later taken over by the Baltimore City Health Department, where Ms. Conyers, a research analyst, had worked since 2008 in the bureau of HIV services. She helped with community awareness about AIDS and helped the uninsured or underinsured gain help.
"She was a very valued employee, and we're grieved at the loss," said Tiffany Thomas Smith, city Health Department spokeswoman.
Ms. Conyers was an accomplished jewelry designer whose work was in demand by family members, friends and co-workers. She regularly sold her work at the annual Christmas bazaar at Sharp Street Memorial United Methodist Church.
She also owned a Yudu screen printer, which allowed her to design screen prints that she used to adorn T-shirts, shawls and hoodies.
Ms. Conyers relished her role as family photographer, and relatives "eagerly awaited her annual 12 Days of Christmas photo gifts," her mother said.
A music lover, she enjoyed attending performances of The Stepbrothers, a Baltimore pop music group of which her uncle, David Moore, was a member.
She could often be found taking video and pictures of the group's various performances, because she wanted to support her uncle and his fellow performers, family members said.
Family-oriented, Ms. Conyers liked spending time with relatives and enjoyed a close relationship with her parents.
Six months ago, she purchased a home a block from where her parents live, according to her mother and father.
Services for Ms. Conyers will begin Thursday with a 10 a.m. family hour, followed by a funeral at 11 a.m. at Sharp Street Memorial United Methodist Church, Dolphin and Etting streets.
In addition to her parents, Ms. Conyers is survived by aunts, uncles and 17 cousins.
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