Candance Reed, 40, was fatally stabbed outside a D.C. strip club early Friday morning. Her friends are mourning her loss as police continue to search for suspects.
Police are working to sort out the connection between a northwest D.C. strip club and a deadly Friday morning stabbing.
Officers were called to the 5300 block of Georgia Avenue NW in the Brightwood Park neighborhood for a report of a double stabbing near the Macombo Lounge just after 2 a.m. Police say both victims, a man and a woman, were transported to an area hospital, where the woman, who has been identified as Candance Reed, was pronounced dead.
There's no word on the man's condition at this time.
A friend of Reed told News4's Megan McGrath there was an argument with a man in the bar, which ultimately led to the stabbing. She said Reed once worked as a dancer at the club but was there Thursday night for a birthday party.
After crimes of this nature occur at D.C. bars or clubs, they're usually ordered closed for 96 hours. Police have not confirmed any connection between the stabbing and the Macombo Lounge, which is why it will remain open.
"The investigation does not suggest it happened in the club and that the club management is cooperating with the police," D.C. council member Muriel Bowser said.
Some residents in the area say the bar has been an ongoing problem, adding that they would like to see its liquor license denied when it comes up for renewal.
"It's just the element that comes; they're disrespectful to the neighborhood -- the litter, the cussing," neighbor Charles Foreman said.
"It can get pretty bad especially after the club closes, like 2 or 3 o'clock in the morning, fighting in the streets," neighbor Ken Johnson said. "I've had to call the cops on numerous occasions."
There are a number of surveillance cameras located outside the club, pointed in the direction of the scene of the stabbing.
Meanwhile, Reed's close friends are mourning her loss.
"She was more like family. She didn't harm anybody," a friend told News4.
Police have not released any suspect information.