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‘Queen of the bulletin boards’: Woman killed in Annapolis Saturday was assistant teacher at St. Matthew’s in Bowie

The Annapolis woman who was found dead inside an apartment Saturday was an assistant teacher at the St. Matthew’s Early Education Center in Bowie.

Erica Bonora, 39, was the “queen of the bulletin boards,” said Director of St. Matthew’s Christin Vare.

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“She was very artistic and loved decorating bulletin boards and drawing storybook characters. Everybody went to her for any artistic pieces,” she said.

Bonora had been an assistant teacher at St. Matthew’s for the past 12 years.

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“She loved to laugh and play and be silly with the children. She was one of the kindest, most thoughtful co-workers I’ve known and she will be sorely missed here at the EEC. She made everybody feel special,” Vare said.

Annapolis police said officers were called around 2:45 p.m. Saturday to the 1000 block of Spa Road for a welfare check. When they arrived, they found Bonora dead with signs of trauma to her upper body.

Officers then determined Bonora’s car, a 2011 Nissan SUV, was missing. Authorities found the SUV occupied hours later around Spa Road and Forest Drive. As officers attempted to stop the car, the driver fled and eventually crashed into a tractor-trailer in Prince George’s County.

The driver was taken to an area hospital and is a “person of interest,” police said in a news release Saturday.

Police spokesperson Patti Norris said Thursday afternoon that police have not made an arrest in the case.

Metro Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $2,000 for any tips that may lead to one.

Bonora is the second homicide victim in Annapolis so far this year.

Marc Terrell Hill Jr., 25, was shot and killed April 4 on the ground floor of an open stairwell at the Woodside Gardens apartment complex.

Annapolis detectives believe 18-year-old Israel Thompson shot and killed Hill in a fight during a game of dice.

Thompson is charged with first-degree murder and several firearm offenses. Thompson is being held without bond, and his initial hearing on June 21 was canceled, according to online court records.

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