Slain WEAA announcer memorialized Friday, Saturday


Jordan D. Brown, Spokesman Staff Writer

A public viewing will be held Friday to honor a popular WEAA personality who was killed outside her home last Wednesday.

Tyra Womack, 57, one of the hosts of the “Gospel Grace” program on the Morgan State University radio station, will be memorialized Friday from 3-7 p.m. at the First Apostolic Faith Church, her home church, located in the unit block of S. Caroline St. Womack will be laid to rest following private services at the church on Saturday.

Womack, who was known professionally as Tyra Phillips, was shot and killed outside her home in the Lauraville neighborhood of Baltimore last Wednesday. Police have issued an arrest warrant for Richard Sylvester Green, 56, in connection with Womack’s death.

Womack worked at WEAA (88.9 FM) for more than 30 years and delivered church announcements each Sunday. The station is an affiliate of National Public Radio and is located in the School of Global Journalism and Communication.

The school’s dean, DeWayne Wickham, told the Baltimore Sun: “We are truly saddened, as a community and more importantly as a family, by the inexplicable and senseless death of one of our dearest WEAA voices. The plague of gun violence has claimed another victim life leaving us all to grieve. We will truly miss her and the WEAA family extends our deepest sympathies and sincere condolences to the Womack family.”

Guests at Friday’s service will be required to wear facial masks and to honor social distancing. Saturday’s services will begin at 11 a.m. and will be streamed on Facebook, YouTube, and