There are very few clues surrounding the murder of a woman found dead in her home in Alexandria, Virginia during the holiday weekend — the third killing in the city this year.
Asabech Abayneh lived with her sister in an apartment in the 5600 block of Derby Court in Alexandria. It was her sister who reportedly found the 43-year old dead in bed early on the morning of July 4. According to the Virginia Medical Examiner's office, the victim was strangled to death. The case has been ruled a homicide.
Abayneh's killing is the third unsolved murder in Alexandria this year. The most recent was the fatal shooting of music teacher Ruthanne Lodato inside her home back in February.
Former Alexandria resident Charles Severance is the focus of an investigation into Lodato's murder and two other slayings. So far, Severance has not been charged but remains in custody in Loudoun County on an unrelated weapons charge.