The 35-year-old woman was jogging in Logan Circle around 8 p.m. Tuesday when an assailant stabbed her in the neck.
Wendy Karina Martinez, the woman who was stabbed to death in an unprovoked attack in Washington, D.C., was living the "happiest moment" of her life, her mother said Thursday.
Police say that homicide detectives found Crawford at a park on 14th and Girard street. "My customers were screaming, and there was blood all over her face and neck", Mr Wu said. It was also captured on a nearby surveillance camera.
He repeated at a September 20 news conference: "We don't have a motive" and said that Martinez and Anthony Crawford did not know each other. "So it was a combination of efforts by the community, by the police, that we were able to get this guy relatively quick".
The police now believe the stabbing was a random attack and Martinez did not know her attackers, Newsham said at the press conference. Martinez was an avid runner who lived in an upscale apartment just three blocks away from the scene of her death.
Wednesday, police were out canvassing the neighborhood searching for the killer while releasing video of a person of interest seen walking through the neighborhood.
Patrons at the eatery rushed to her aid and attempted to help her before paramedics arrived on the scene.
After the stabbing, Martinez staggered into a nearby carryout restaurant.
Police said it does appear the suspect was a stranger to Martinez. He was dressed in a white jumpsuit, which is something they commonly give to defendants accused of a violent crime. "It's very unlikely that this occurred here at the intersection", Chief Newsham said. Some of his family members were in the back of the courtroom. They say he had a home in northwest D.C. and was not homeless.
Crawford is charged with first-degree murder while armed.
Ms Martinez worked as chief of staff for FiscalNote, a Washington, D.C. -based software company. She was engaged to be married last week.
"This is incredibly unfair and senseless", Martinez's friend, Kristina Moore, said. "There is a hole in our hearts that will never be replaced".
"Wendy's murder has been devastating to her family and friends, people in this neighborhood and certainty damaging to all of our senses of safety", Bowser said.
They remembered her as a "devout Christian" and "avid runner" who was dedicated to her friends and driven to pursue her professional dreams.
Cora Martinez said her daughter had gotten engaged to Daniel Hincapie just a week earlier and had been "excited to be planning her upcoming wedding".