Family, friends to create scholarship fund for Latina women following runner's murder

Wendy Martinez (Family Photo)

Wendy Martinez’s family members fought back tears as they walked out of a D.C. courtroom Thursday where they heard gruesome details about her murder.

“Our grief has no limits and nothing can make us whole again,” Wendy’s brother Juan Carlos Martinez said.

The 35-year-old was stabbed to death near Logan Circle on September 18 while she was out for a run.

Police quickly charged Anthony Crawford in her murder.

He faced a judge Thursday evening for his preliminary hearing, where prosecutors presented evidence including Crawford’s DNA from the knife and surveillance video of him moments before the attack.

“Despite the attempt to extinguish Wendy’s light, her spirit is shining brighter than ever. We see it in the love and compassion of our friends, the family and in everyone who knew her,” Carlos Martinez said.

Since her murder, Martinez’s loved ones have kept her memory alive.

“We’re very pleased to announce that our first activity under the Wendy legacy project is the creation of a scholarship fund for young Latina women with leadership potential,” Wendy’s fiancé Daniel Hincapie said.

Crawford’s Preliminary hearing continues on Friday.

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