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Murdered DC jogger fought bravely,’ mother says; police search for motive

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Family grief the loss of a female jogger in DC

Police arrest suspect in D. C. jogger death. The mother of Wendy Martinez speaks out to Fox News.

Wendy Martinez, who was stabbed to death during a jog in Washington D. C. on Tuesday, “fought to the last breath,” her mother said at a vigil for her daughter on Thursday evening.

The 35-year-old Martinez was jogging in Logan Circle at around 8 a.m. Tuesday when an assailant stabbed her in the neck. After the attack, Martinez stumbled away and into a nearby restaurant, where surveillance video showed the woman will appear to warn you, baffled customers to her attacker’s location.

Martinez was later pronounced dead at a hospital.

“My heart is broken in a thousand pieces,” Cora Martinez said Thursday on the vigil, according to CBS News. “My daughter fought to the last breath. She fought courageously. You do the same.”

Anthony Crawford, 23, was arrested and charged with first-degree murder while armed in connection with the stabbing, police announced Thursday.

While the police are yet to determine an official motive, The Washington Post reported Crawford had a history of mental illness and synthetic drug use that could lead to abnormal behavior.

Crawford had no recent arrests in connection with violence, but was brought in 2012, as a juvenile, felony assault, according to The Washington Post. He was ordered to remain under juvenile supervision until he turned 21, but was let go at one point when he was 20 and disappeared from the group for a month, the Post reported, citing court documents.

In 2015, he was checked into a hospital for a psychiatric evaluation, because the officials thought he was “likely to injure [him]self or other,” says the newspaper.

Wendy Martinez’s death came a week after she became engaged to her fiancé, Daniel Hincapie.

“My daughter fought to the last breath. She fought courageously. You do the same.”

– Cora Martinez, the mother of Wendy Martinez

“You know that I am going to keep track of her life by helping her achieve the dreams they want to accomplish,” he said, waiting for her.

Martinez, the chief of staff at FiscalNote, was described as an avid jogger, who lived in the neighbourhood of Logan Circle, a popular D. C., near police chief Peter Newsham described as “very safe”. Martinez said in a recent interview with thebridgework.com that she liked to relax from the work by running around the city or working at her favorite local studio.

Fox News’ Katherine Lamb and Travis Fedschun contributed to this report.

Ryan Gaydos is an editor for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @RyanGaydos.

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