Woman stabbed to death while jogging in Washington DC has South Florida ties

Wendy Martinez (Martinez family)

Update: Arrest made in case. Live news conference at 10:30 a.m.

A 35-year-old woman who was stabbed to death Tuesday night while jogging in Washington D.C. had ties to South Florida.

A neighbor and former classmate say Wendy Martinez was from Greenacres and graduated from Lake Worth High School in 2001.

"She was a member of the student government and she was always so kind to the underclassmen, and wanted to help those who needed it," a former classmate from Lake Worth High School said. "She led the way for some, but looked up to by all."

Martinez graduated from Georgetown University and worked as the Chief of Staff at the D.C.-based company FiscalNote, according to LinkedIn. Photos from her family reveal she recently got engaged to her fiancée.

"We are deeply saddened by this senseless tragedy," the Martinez family said in a statement. "Wendy Katrina Martinez was the light of our lives."

FiscalNote issued this statement on Twitter:

Witnesses say she appeared to be jogging through the neighborhood. She was stopped at the corner of 11th Street and P Street waiting to cross the intersection when she was stabbed. Neighbors said a few witnesses rushed to help her and were able to carry her into a nearby restaurant, where they tried to administer first aid.

Authorities now say they are looking for one single suspect, described as wearing a long-sleeved mustard-colored shirt coming down to his thighs, with dark colored sweatpants.

There are two ways people can protect themselves while running alone.

The first is "the claw." This device can get DNA, so you don't have to see your assailant to make a positive identification.

The second is the "defense alert device." It's a four-in-one device in that it can send real time danger alerts to anyone within a mile, including police, and to contacts anywhere in the world. You can also stop attackers with a chemical spray that's nearly twice as effective as pepper spray and has blinding 5-mode light.

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