Tanja Brown-O'Neal, social services worker


Tanja Mertina Brown-O'Neal, an employee of the Baltimore Department of Social Services, was killed Tuesday at the Rosemont Multipurpose Center, where she had worked for about a year. She was 29.

Services will be held Monday at 11 a.m. at Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, 1300 Druid Hill Ave.

The attacker was shot by a private security guard and captured.

The former Tanja Brown was born in Baltimore and attended Baltimore schools, graduating from Walbrook High School in 1979. She earned an associate's degree from

the Community College of Baltimore, then attended Coppin State College, where she received a bachelor's degree in social sciences in 1989. While in college, she joined the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority.

After receiving her degree, she went to work for the city's Department of Social Services, where she screened people applying for assistance.

Mrs. Brown-O'Neal had been a member of the Berea Temple of Seventh-Day Adventists on Madison Avenue since she was 8.

In June 1990, she married Stephen O'Neal.

Besides her husband, she is survived by her 4-year-old son, Marcus Benson; her sister, Antoinette Scott; four brothers, Theophilus Brown, Curtis Scott, Larry Brown and Jovanni Brown; her mother, Brenda Brown; her grandmother, Catherine Brown; four nephews; and one niece. All are of Baltimore.

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