WASHINGTON — The D.C. police are asking for the public’s help in getting answers after two women were killed in two incidents this week.
Just after 4 p.m. Tuesday, officers went to a home in the 600 block of 14th Street Northeast for a report of an unconscious person. They found Corrina Mehiel, 34, of Burnsville, North Carolina, tied up and stabbed to death.
D.C. Acting Police Chief Peter Newsham said at a news conference at police headquarters that the strongest lead could come from finding her car, a blue 2004 Toyota Prius with the Kentucky license plate 722 RMY and a yellow, diamond-shaped bumper sticker just below the rear plate.
“That information could be extremely valuable in us getting to the bottom of this case,” Newsham said.
Mehiel was temporarily living at the Northeast home at the time of the attack and was last seen alive on Sunday, in the area of the former Corcoran Gallery of Art. Newsham said there were no signs of forced entry at the home, and that police “don’t really have anything to suggest this was random at this point.”
And just before 9 p.m. Monday, Ayana McAllister, 18, of Upper Marlboro, Maryland, was shot in the 4300 block of Benning Road, Northeast. McAllister was a freshman at St. Augustine’s University in Raleigh, North Carolina who was home for spring break.
McAllister, a graduate of Largo High School, was among those gathered for the filming of a music video, when someone opened fire. She died the following day from her injuries. Another woman suffered non-life threatening injuries.
Newsham said he believes several people may have information about the shooting, possibly including photo and video evidence.
“By all accounts, these were two promising, bright young women whose lives were unnecessarily cut short by senseless acts of violence,” said Newsham at a news conference at police headquarters. “This is a time when as a community we need to pull together so we can get some assistance and bring some closure to the families.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.