CBS/AP September 20, 2018, 6:49 AM Surveillance video shows moments after jogger is stabbed in D.C.
WASHINGTON — Police say an avid runner who was killed in a residential neighborhood in the nation's capital was likely a random target. D.C. Police Chief Peter Newsham told CBS affiliate WUSA-TV the stabbing of 35-year-old Wendy Karina Martinez was likely random and her family lamented the "senseless tragedy."
The restaurant's manager, Tommy Wu, showed CBS News correspondent Chip Reid surveillance video of the incident. An injured Martinez collapses as patrons rush to her aid.
Police are searching for one assailant who fled the area southbound on 11th Street.
Newsham said a nurse in close proximity attempted life-saving efforts before emergency crews arrived. Martinez was taken to a hospital where she died of her injuries.
On Wednesday night, Martinez's family released the following statement:
"We are deeply saddened by this senseless tragedy. Wendy Karina Martinez was the light of our lives. Not only was she an avid runner, but she was a devout Christian, a wonderful friend, and a driven professional. Everything you hope that a daughter and a friend could be. She was also excited to be planning her upcoming wedding to her fiancé, Daniel Hincapie. They were engaged just last week."
FiscalNote, Inc. tweeted Wednesday that Martinez was the technology company's chief of staff. Martinez's family released a statement Wednesday asking for privacy to mourn Martinez, who had gotten engaged last week.
Martinez was an avid runner known to run several miles across the city. She lived close to where the stabbing happened, Newsham said.
Police are offering a $25,000 reward for information leading to the conviction of a suspect.