Police Arrest Suspect for Fatally Stabbing Dog-Walker

Officers from the Metropolitan Police Department responded to reports of an unconscious woman in the Northwest area of Washington, DC. 

On the night of Aug. 27, Margery Magill was allegedly stabbed by 24 year-old Eliyas Agregahegne, near MedStar Washington Hospital Center. Aregahegne fled the scene before police could arrive. Magill, 27, was later pronounced dead.

The police arrested Aregahegne later that night and charged him with first-degree murder while armed. According to NBC News,  Aregahegne was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the attack. 

According to the Magill’s LinkedIn profile, she was excited to make her return to DC after being abroad in Europe for two years. 

“[Magill] loved the city. She loved the energy. She really wanted to build her career here and thrive off of the energy that was Washington, D.C.,” the victim’s sister told the New York Post.

In addition to the dog walking service, Magill worked at The Washington Center, a nonprofit organization that helps recent graduates find job opportunities after graduation. She also had an extensive work history related to women empowerment and international affairs.

Police Chief Pete Newsham told reporters during a press conference that Aregahegne was identified through surveillance footage from the 500 block of Columbia Road, NW. 

As of Aug. 28, police have not identified a motive for the stabbing. According to Newsham, the attack appeared to be random. 

Aregahegne is awaiting his first appearance in DC Courts.