Mom of Wendy Martinez forgives man who took daughter's life in fatal Logan Circle stabbing


The mother of a woman fatally stabbed while out jogging near Logan Circle Tuesday night spoke out Thursday.

Cora Martinez said she has no room for hate, so she cannot hate the person accused of killing her daughter, 35-year-old Wendy Martinez, in what police call a "random" and "unprovoked" attack.

DC police announced the arrest Thursday of 23-year-old Anthony Crawford and charged him with the murder.

Crawford appeared in court and was ordered held until his next appearance.

Charging documents quote an acquaintance of Crawford who said he is an avid user of synthetic narcotic K2, a drug linked to bizarre behavior.

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Martinez was attacked when she came to the corner of 11th and P streets, NW.

ABC7 has learned she was stabbed seven times, including twice in the neck severing her jugular vein.

Surveillance video and witness accounts led police to Crawford. When detectives took him in for questioning, he said he knew it was because they wanted to ask him about the "stabbing of that little girl."

Martinez was 5-foot-1 and weighed 106 pounds.

Martinez, a native of Greenacres, Florida, came to Washington for college. She stayed on afterward to launch her career.

Just last week, she got engaged to be married. On Thursday, her friend spoke out about the "beautiful, talented and hard-working woman."

One friend said the killing has left "a hole in our hearts that will never be replaced."

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