This is absolutely horrific.
Margery Magill, a 27-year-old woman, was randomly attacked and stabbed to death while walking a dog in her Northwest Washington, DC, neighborhood.
Her accused attacker came to the United States as a refugee from Ethiopia.
According to Breitbart:
On Tuesday evening, police say Margery Magill — a University of California, Davis graduate — was walking a dog for the app service Rover when she was randomly attacked and stabbed by 24-year-old Eliyas Aregahegne.
A law enforcement official confirmed to Breitbart News that Aregahegne originally arrived in the U.S. from Ethiopia in November 1999, coming as the child of a refugee. Years later, in 2012, Aregahegne became a naturalized U.S. citizen.
So far, it does not appear that they had any connection to each other. This was a completely random attack, making it that much more heinous.
Neighbors told NBC News they could hear screams from Magill and eventually found her stabbed on the sidewalk. Police were called to the scene and Magill was taken to a nearby hospital where she died from her injuries.
Police arrested Aregahegne at his home around the corner from where Magill was found. He has been charged with first-degree murder.
Horrific. This is truly the stuff of nightmares.
(Is it awful that I’d like to know if the dog was ok? I really do have a soft spot for pups. I really hope so. It doesn’t make this any better, of course, I just hope he’s ok.)
Magill’s father, Jeffrey Magill, told NBC News that his daughter was “just a sweet, life-loving person” who “cared about people” and “was just a joy.”
“She would just live life. You know, she loved life and she would just live with an edge from the time she got up in the morning to the time she went to bed at night,” Jeffrey Magill said.
My heart is absolutely broken for him. I can’t even imagine. It makes me think of my own father – what would HE be going through if something like this happened? The very thought of it makes my stomach knot.
Magill was currently working as a program director at The Washington Center, a nonprofit that helps graduate students find jobs and internships. She previously worked at the Jane Goodall Institute.
Magill’s family said she loved to travel and visited 22 countries around the world. Her sister, Raeann Magill, told NBC News that she loved Washington, DC.
“She loved the city. She loved the energy,” Raeann said. “She really wanted to build her career here and thrive off of the energy that was Washington, D.C.”
She sounded like a lovely woman – and it’s bizarre to think she was a year younger than I am. Life is so precious… and so fragile.
Hug you loved ones close, folks.