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Charity Leader Killed; Boy, 16, Accused of ‘Killing Hand That Fed Him’

February 25, 1991

MIDDLESEX, N.J. (AP) _ A teen-ager has been arrested in the beating death of a woman whose charity work helped the youth over several years, authorities said.

Police on Saturday charged a 16-year-old boy in the murder of Anita Hoynes, 60, a founding member of the charity group FISH Inc. She was found beaten to death in the trunk of her car Thursday, according to Middlesex County Prosecutor Alan Rockoff.

The suspect was well-known to Mrs. Hoynes and was the ″beneficiary of her charity and largess over several years,″ Rockoff said. ″You might say he killed the hand that fed him.″

Officials declined to release any more information because of the suspect’s age.

Mrs. Hoynes’ friends and co-workers said she worked about 40 to 50 hours a week with FISH, which she co-founded in 1969. The organization collects and distributes food and clothing to the needy and offers shelter to the homeless in central New Jersey.

In addition to her charity work as social welfare and food chairman for FISH, Mrs. Hoynes served on the ministry and oversight committee at the Friends Quaker Meeting in Plainfield.

Mrs. Hoynes was found by a tow truck driver who had been called to remove her car from outside a Piscataway factory. When police went to the woman’s house, they discovered a trail of blood leading from a second-floor bedroom to the garage, Rockoff said.

An autopsy by the county medical examiner revealed the woman died from head injuries she sustained in the beating, Rockoff said. She had bruises about her head and body, and she suffered a broken nose, jaw and fractured ribs, the prosecutor said.

Police say that Mrs. Hoynes was neither robbed nor sexually abused.