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Wendy Martinez Memorial: Greenacres family forgives man who stabbed, killed their daughter

Posted at 12:25 PM, Sep 25, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-25 18:03:29-04

Nearly one week after she was stabbed and killed while going for a run in a 'safe' Washington D.C. neighborhood, friends and family in Greenacres are remembering 35-year-old Wendy Martinez as the 'epitome of the American Dream.'

"She was little, but fierce," Cora Martinez, Wendy's mother, told reporters from her home in Wellington, just hours before the memorial service on Tuesday. "She would give her hands to the world."

Martinez was stabbed by a 23-year-old man while jogging in Washington, D.C. on Sept. 18th, according to Metro police. Detectives have not yet released a motive and called the stabbing a random attack. 

Just days before she was killed, Martinez got engaged to her longtime boyfriend and bought a wedding dress for her upcoming nuptials. 

"She was just an amazing woman. She had all these amazing qualities that sometimes you see in different people, but you had them all in Wendy," her fiancé, Daniel Hincapie said on Tuesday.

This is a developing story. Follow WPTV's Merris Badcock on Twitter for updates.