Chris Attoh’s wife who was killed in Greenbelt was married to 2 men, She was gunned down while leaving her office on Friday, was married to two different men simultaneously, one of whom is a convicted Baltimore drug lord, police said Sunday.
Greenbelt police said 44-year-old Bettie Jenifer of Bowie, left her office in the 6300 block of Ivy Lane about 5 p.m. and was walking to her car when a man armed with a handgun approached her.
When she tried to run away, the man followed her and fired multiple rounds. At least one bullet struck her in the head, police said.
The suspect took off in a vehicle. Police described the suspect as black and having a thin build with black hair. He was wearing dark clothing and may have been in a blue car.
Police confirmed Saturday that Jenifer was married to Chris Attoh, a well-known actor and TV host in Ghana. The two married in October, following Attoh’s divorce from his first wife.
On Sunday, police said Jenifer was also married to 47-year-old Kedrick Jenifer, who is currently serving a 20-year prison sentence for importing large amounts of cocaine into Baltimore from Texas.
The U.S. District Attorney’s Office said the kingpin’s “Jenifer drug trafficking organization” distributed at least 450 kilograms of cocaine in Baltimore and Woodbridge, Virginia.
“Kedrick Jenifer lived large as a major Baltimore drug dealer, but now he will lose all of his toys and live for two decades in federal prison,” U.S. Attorney Rod Rosenstein said in a news release after his sentencing, according to the Baltimore Sun.
Court records show that Bettie Jenifer filed for a divorce from Kedrick Jenifer in April. The divorce attorneys involved declined News’s request for comment.
Greenbelt police confirmed Sunday the shooting was targeted and not a random incident.
Police have not named a suspect or motive in the case.
Co-workers said Bettie Jenifer worked at a temporary staffing agency on the first floor.
A spokesperson for Attoh’s talent agency gave the following statement:
“Waka Talent Agency is saddened by the death of Bettie Jenifer, who was married to our client, Mr. Chris Attoh. We would like to note that the family has requested to mourn in private and therefore will not be doing any press interviews or commenting on the death.”
Facts You Need To Know Christ Attoh and Bettie Jenifer
On May 5, it was widely reported in Ghana that Attoh had deleted all of the photos showing him with Jenifer from his Instagram page. On the day of Jenifer’s death, Attoh tweeted, “#CHRIS ATTOH When it comes to relationships, remaining faithful is never an option but a priority. Loyalty is ever…”
In the aftermath of Jenifer’s death, Attoh released an audio clip on his Twitter page where he discussed his favorite types of music.
The couple had married in a private ceremony in North Kaneshie, Accra, Ghana, less than a year before Jenifer’s death. In an Instagram post at the time the couple was married, Attoh wrote, via the Guardian Nigeria, “I want to thank God for his love and for hearing my prayers, indeed when the sun appears, all things are suddenly seen with clarity!!! Thank you Jesus, thank you lord!!! ❤
Attoh has a son, Brian, with his previous wife. Ghana Web reported that Attoh said in a September 2017 interview that the reason his marriage to Adegbite did not work was because she had not been “submissive” to him. Attoh said, “When you love someone it is important to be able to forgive, to be able to respect, to be able to submit. As a woman, you need to trust the captain of the ship. It’s really important if you want peace in your home.”
Jenifer Was a Graduate of Both Temple & Walden Universities
Jenifer was a graduate of Temple University and Walden University, where she studying applied science and business administration.
At the time of her marriage to Attoh, Jenifer was described as being a native of the Caribbean who now lives in the U.S. According to her LinkedIn page, Jenifer was the owner of Express Employment Professionals in Greenbelt (MD) Bowie, Maryland. A company she founded in 2012.