The brutal killing of fast-rising tech CEO Pava LaPere has left Baltimore reeling. LaPere, founder of mapping startup EcoMap, was found dead Monday in her luxury Mount Vernon apartment with blunt force trauma. She was only 26 years old.
Police responded after LaPere was reported missing. They discovered her body showing signs of a vicious attack. The medical examiner took possession of her remains as the homicide investigation kicks off.
Mystery shrouds the high-profile murder. It’s unclear if LaPere had guests over before her slaying. The Forbes 30 Under 30 honoree apparently lived alone based on her social media. “That’s horrifying,” said stunned neighbor Chris McNees. “For this to happen anywhere is bad, but it’s hard to imagine here.”
LaPere’s promising life was cut short in a vicious instant. The Johns Hopkins grad started EcoMap from her dorm room. Her company recently raised $7 million to make ecosystem data accessible using powerful technology.
The mission-driven CEO prioritized diversity, boasting a 50–50 gender and minority employee split. Now her shocked team mourns the senseless loss of their “deeply compassionate leader.”
With LaPere’s savage killing unsolved, unease grips Baltimore’s tech community. The police investigation continues into the tragic murder of this rising young star. EcoMap called her passing “deeply distressing” — but it’s a understatement for this enormous loss.