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Vigil for woman found dismembered in shopping cart

Court documents point to father in homicide
Dominique Foster
Posted at 10:20 PM, Jun 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-05 08:34:54-04

BALTIMORE — A woman who met a gruesome end was given a touching tribute two weeks after her dismembered body was found.

Parts of Dominique Foster’s body were found in a shopping cart on Mother’s Day, and, according to charging documents, Baltimore Police said her father is the person who killed her.

Lawrence Banks, 65, is being held without bail on gun charges but isn’t charged with her murder.

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He has a long and violent history including serving time for murder.

People at the vigil who grew up with this family believe he killed his daughter last month, his son 28 years ago, and he was suspected in several other murders.

Foster was a mother of six.

Her cousin Tamara grew up with her.

“She was a dog groomer; she loved her kids,” Tamara said. “She loved her family. We are going to miss her, gone too soon.”

Tamara Facetimed with Foster’s daughter from the vigil and her daughter thanked everyone for the thoughts and prayers.

Banks long rap sheet includes two murder convictions in 1991, one of which was his son.

Arlene Lawson was in school with Dominique and her brother Marty.

She remembers when Marty was killed.

“Fellow classmate being murdered and to know he was murdered by supposedly his own father, shot in the head, it’s a lot,” Lawson said.

Through tears community members demanded answers, asking that people throw away the idea of snitching and bring evidence against the person responsible for such an evil act.

“My family still lives in this community, and I want to feel safe,” Lawson said. “I want my nieces and nephews to feel safe. I want my friends' kids to feel safe. That monster has to stay where he is in jail.”

All of the official information we have is from charging documents.

Baltimore Police have not commented on this arrest.

The family doesn’t want her final resting place to be in front of a trash can, and her daughter put together a Gofundme to give her a proper burial.