Woman athlete running on city street

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Wendy Martinez was only trying to get some cardio, trying to strengthen the heart muscles, trying to strengthen her legs and tone her body; but her chance to improve her strength and her body ended yesterday when she was stabbed while doing what she loved – running.

Wendy Martinez, 35, was fatally stabbed Tuesday evening near Logan Circle while jogging.

NBC News reported that the family released a statement saying, “Wendy Karina Martinez was the light of our lives.”

THE FAMILY OF WENDY MARTINEZ:   “Not only was she an avid runner, but she was a devout Christian, a wonderful friend, and a driven professional. Everything you hope that a daughter and a friend could be. She was also excited to be planning her upcoming wedding to her fiancé, Daniel Hincapie.   They were engaged just last week.”

Police are still seeking a single assailant in Martinez’s stabbing death.

The suspect was described as a black man wearing a long-sleeved mustard-colored, thigh-length shirt and dark-colored sweatpants that were rolled up. He was wearing white socks and light-colored sandals.   Police Chief Peter Newsham said the suspect has a distinctive style of walking.