Wendy Martinez was stabbed to death in a murder that took place in Washington D.C.’s Logan Circle neighborhood. She was 35 years old and had recently become engaged to her longtime boyfriend. Martinez had been jogging at the time. In a statement, Police in the nation’s capital said that Martinez was killed on the 1400 block of 11th Street in the northwest area of D.C. Police responded to the scene at around 7:56 p.m. on September 18. The press release says that Martinez was stabbed “multiple times.” Police have released surveillance video of a possible suspect in the crime (above). Cops are offering a $25,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest and conviction in Martinez’s murder.
A single suspect has been arrested by police. The suspect has been named as Anthony Crawford, 23, of no fixed address. Crawford had been described as a black male who was wearing a mustard colored long sleeve shirt that went to his thighs, dark, rolled up sweatpants, white socks and light colored sandals. D.C. Police Chief Peter Newsham said the suspect has a “distinctive” style of walking. He is charged
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Police Don’t Believe a Robbery Was the Motive & Have Called the Stabbing: ‘Random’
Police said at a press conference that after Martinez was stabbed, she managed to stumble to a Chinese restaurant where she collapsed. Surveillance video from the restaurant showed Martinez bleeding from her neck. Patrons ran from the restaurant in an attempt to help Martinez. The restaurant’s manager told NBC Washington, “I scared. I don’t know what happened, and I just try to call the police.” Authorities have described Martinez as an “avid runner.” The attack is thought to have been random with police recovering a knife thought to have been used in the killing. Newsham told the media, “It is more likely a random act than anything else but we’re going to look at all possibilities.” Newsham added that investigators didn’t think a robbery was a likely motive. Logan Circle was described as a “very safe neighborhood” by the chief.
2. A Family Member Said, ‘We Were Planning a Wedding, Now We’re Planning a Funeral’
Martinez grew up in Greenacres, Florida, close to West Palm Beach. WPTV reports that a family member says Martinez had recently gotten engaged. That family member, who was not identified, said, “We were planning a wedding, and now we have to plan a funeral.” The WPTV report says that Martinez will be buried in the Greenacres area.
3. Martinez Said, ‘Happiness Is the Spiritual Experience of Living Life With Love, Grace & Gratitude’
According to her Facebook page, Martinez was employed by FiscalNote, a technology management company. The company said in a statement, “The entire FiscalNote family is shocked and deeply saddened to learn that Wendy Martinez, our Chief of Staff, was killed last night. Wendy was an invaluable member of our team and a vibrant member of the community. Our thoughts and prayers are with Wendy’s family and friends.” Martinez described the company in a July 2018 interview with The Bridge saying, “FiscalNote is a technology solution that is helping connect the world to its governments. We are revolutionizing the way organizations manage issues and interactions with all levels of government.”
On August 20, Martinez celebrated FiscalNote’s purchase of CQ Roll Call in a Facebook post. In an August 2016 post, Martinez wrote, “Happiness is the spiritual experience of living life with love, grace, and gratitude.”
4. Martinez Said in an Interview that, ‘After Work, You’ll Find Me Running Around the City’
Martinez said in her interview with The Bridge that, “After work, you’ll either find me running around the city or at my local (and favorite) studio in DC working up a sweat.” When asked about the best advice she has received, Martinez said, “Pay close attention to why a person is saying something. Often times, we focus on the tone and message of what is being said but fail to understand the motivation behind a person’s statement. Once you figure this out, the outcome of the discussion will be different.”
Martinez said on her LinkedIn page that she was a graduate of Georgetown University, the Harriet L. Wikes Honors College and the University of Florida. Prior to working at Fiscal Note, Martinez was employed by the Inter-American Development Bank and the Organization of American States. In describing herself on LinkedIn, Martinez called herself a “Forward thinker revolutionizing how organizations manage risks through data and technology.” Martinez added that she has regional expertise in Latin America and has worked with federal agencies, corporations and multilateral organizations.
5. Another Jogger told the Media that She Jogs With a Knife Because of Crime in the Area
The Washington Post reports that Martinez was a graduate of Georgetown University with a master of arts in Latin American studies as part of the class of 2012. The Post adds in their report that Logan Circle has a “relatively low crime rate.” A resident of the area who is also a jogger, Jessica Dillman, told the Post, “I’m trying to be safe, and it’s just scary, it’s scary for all of us.” Dillman also said that she ran with a knife. Another local jogger told NBC Washington, “As a runner, it’s pretty terrifying. You’d think running on lit streets, you would be safe, but that’s mind-boggling.”