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Mother of Greenacres woman stabbed to death forgives her daughter’s killer

Mother of Greenacres woman stabbed to death forgives her daughter’s killer (WJLA)

A candlelight vigil Thursday night honored the life of Wendy Martinez.

The 35-year-old was stabbed to death while jogging near Logan Circle in Washington D.C. Tuesday night.

Wendy Martinez’s mother, Cora, says she forgives the man who took her daughter’s life.

“My heart has been broken into a million pieces, but I forgive,” she said during a candlelight vigil in Logan Circle.

The Palm Beach County native got engaged days ago, and planned to get married in Washington D.C. and have a celebration in Colombia.

Instead of a wedding, her family is now planning a funeral.

Cora tells CBS12 News she plans to bury her daughter in one of the dresses she would have worn for her wedding.

In a sea of candles flickering in the dark, her fiancée shared how they both met in our nation’s capital.

“I love you. I know you’re in a better place and looking at us,” Daniel Hincapie said.

Wendy’s brother, Juan Carlos Martinez, says he doesn’t want others out there to live in fear after what he calls an isolated incident.

“Continue to run, continue to do your daily activities, continue to live life, because she wants it, my family wants it,” he said.

Her family tells CBS12 News they plan to hold services in Washington D.C. and at Christ Fellowship Church in Royal Palm Beach on Tuesday, Sept. 25.

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