Irene Logan's death leaves nearly 30 people without their family's matriarch. For three children, eight grandchildren and more than a dozen great-grandchildren, Logan was the family's bedrock.

"She loved taking care of people," said Irene Ushry, Logan's daughter. Ushry found her 91-year-old mother, stabbed to death, on the floor of their small kitchen upon returning from work about 4:30 Wednesday afternoon.

Family members gathered outside the house as police investigated into the evening. Thursday afternoon, buckets of chicken and doughnuts waited on the table for family and friends who stopped by the home to grieve and share condolences.

Ushry said that she did not notice any signs of forced entry at the home in the 4700 block of Moravia Road. The first-floor bedroom, though, had been rummaged through, she said.

The kitchen, where the woman's body was found, is at the back of the house. An exterior door, off the driveway, opens into the white-tiled room.

A police spokesman said Thursday that only "costume jewelry" had been taken from the home, and he confirmed that there were no signs of forced entry.

Logan was born in Virginia but moved to Baltimore while she was a child, Ushry said. She was married for more than 50 years. Her husband died in 1999.

Almost all of Logan's family lives in Baltimore, Ushry said. Before moving to Baltimore's east side, Ushry said, her mother lived in West Baltimore and continued to regularly attend St. Ambrose Roman Catholic Church in Park Heights until her death.

"She was a very active, active woman," Ushry said. "She loved to go to church, she loved dancing. She was very friendly."

During her 90th birthday party, Logan danced encircled by her young relatives, said Cathy Brewington, a close family friend who knew Logan for more than two decades and came by the home to console the Ushrys. They met on a church road trip to Detroit in the 1980s, Brewington said.

"She went on down to the floor and back up," Brewington said. "All the kids gathered around. She loved her grandbabies."

Brewington remembered Logan as someone who always had an encouraging word and treated everyone with grandmotherly care, taking care of family and friends. "As soon as you take that last swallow of something to drink," Brewington said, "she was ready to pick up that glass, that cup, and fill it up again."

Ushry said her mother spent a lot of time during her retirement traveling. Since she stopped working as a nurse in the 1980s, Ushry said, Logan went on cross-country RV trips, spent time in the Holy Land, went up to Atlantic City with other senior citizens and planned annual vacations with a group of women.

Logan, who lived with her daughter and son-in-law, was home alone Wednesday afternoon. Although Ushry and her husband said that they consider their neighborhood safe, they added that their home was broken into and rummaged through about a year ago when no one was home.

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, at a Thursday morning event, said one of Logan's sons was a close friend of her family and called the crime "devastating."

"I have known her son since I was a child — he was close friends with my family, so this is devastating. It's senseless," Rawlings-Blake said. "My hope is that [through] the work that was done, the forensic work, we'll be able to figure out who did this very soon and bring that person to justice."

Rawlings-Blake said the son, Bill Logan, once taught some of her family members how to drive. He's also a community activist in Mid-Govans who helped organize the National Night Out event in that neighborhood on Tuesday night, which Rawlings-Blake attended.

"I just saw him at National Night Out, so to hear the next day that this happened, I was speechless," Rawlings-Blake said.

Police Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld III, who attended the morning installation of a crime camera on Pennsylvania Avenue with Rawlings-Blake Thursday, left without taking questions from reporters.

The family is in the process of making funeral arrangements, Ushry said. Services will be held at St. Ambrose, she said.

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