The funeral for a 35-year-old woman stabbed to death in an apparently random attack in Washington, DC, this week will have a poignant twist: Wendy Martinez will be buried in her wedding dress, reports CBS News. Martinez had just gotten engaged a week ago, and she and mom Cora Martinez bought the dress over the weekend. "When I saw my daughter dressing up, or trying out her dress, I never imagined that she was buying the dress for her burial," said Martinez at a candlelight vigil Thursday night, per NBC News.
Martinez praised her daughter's courage in fighting "up to the last breath" and said others should learn from the example. But she also made a plea: "My heart has no room for hate, has no room for resentfulness," she said. "I am asking my family to do the same. I am asking Daniel (her fiance) and her friends to do the same. Just let it go. Wendy’s at peace, she’s happy, and we want to follow that example.” (Police have made an arrest.)