We found out that one of Jen’s fellow director’s (in her Mary Kay National Area) sister was murdered Tuesday. I went and Googled the story and it’s horrible because it’s a senseless act of violence.
Neighbor charged in fatal shooting
By MARIA HERRERA
DELAND — Jennifer Lynn Benedict tried to run for her life, from her home and from the intruder wearing a ghost mask who had already shocked her with a stun gun.
But she couldn’t escape Andrew Scott Brewer, 19, a neighbor of sorts, investigators said. Brewer fired three bullets into the 33-year-old woman, deputies said.
Benedict died in the front yard of her home at 2320 Nectarine Road near DeLand just after 6 p.m. Tuesday. Brewer, who lives only two blocks away at 30 Lake Ruby Drive, has been charged with first-degree murder and armed burglary, the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office said.
The intruder’s mask was apt for the terror he visited on this Daytona Park Estates neighborhood: a black and white ghost mask like the one featured in the horror movie “Scream,” according to a sheriff’s report.
The horror unfolded before a number of neighbors, including Renee Turbyfill.
“I heard pop, pop, pop,” Turbyfill said Wednesday. “I heard a woman scream, but I thought it was a mother yelling at her kids.”
Another neighbor called 911 to say a man shot her neighbor before running away. Still another witness driving a motorcycle on Orange Avenue encountered Brewer as he ran away and identified him as “Andrew,” who lived just down the street, investigators said.
Brewer was arrested two hours after the slaying. Deputies said they believe Brewer used a stun gun on Benedict before killing her. The slaying’s motive remains unclear.
Sheriff Ben Johnson said neighbors described Benedict as a “nice person” who liked to baby-sit neighborhood children, worked at a day care and volunteered at the YMCA.
After the shooting, deputies went to the home Brewer shares with his grandparents. Investigators said Brewer’s grandparents reached him by phone and convinced him to come home. Deputies arrested Brewer as he drove up to the house about 8 p.m. with a friend, according to the report.
Sheriff’s spokesman Gary Davidson said Brewer did not confess, but investigators had enough probable cause to connect him to the crime.
“Inconsistencies in his story, witness identification, and physical evidence gave us enough,” Davidson said.
In Brewer’s grandparent’s house, investigators said they found a drum magazine for an AK-47 assault rifle, .22-caliber ammunition and literature about serial killing. Brewer’s grandfather said he owned a .22-caliber gun, but when he looked for the weapon it was missing, the report said. Deputies said it appeared Benedict was shot with a small-caliber gun.
Investigators also went to Brewer’s friend’s house where they found an AK-47 rifle, along with Brewer’s tan pants and a pair of shoes which investigators said appeared to match a shoe print found at the crime scene. The friend said Brewer had asked him to borrow a pair of pants and shoes before the two drove to his grandparents’ house.
Brewer’s grandparents, Eugene and Frances Gordon, declined comment.
Investigators canvassed an area between the victim’s home and the suspect’s where witnesses said they had seen Brewer toss the mask. However, as of late Wednesday afternoon, the mask and other key evidence had not been found.
“We still don’t have the murder weapon,” Johnson said.
Brewer is being held at the Volusia County Branch Jail without bail.
Jen’s fellow director is Melissa… please pray for her family and keep them in your thoughts. It’s tough enough when you lose someone to an illness. It’s another thing to have a family member murdered out in daylight in her front yard.