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About Special Agent MARTHA DIXON MARTINEZ
Special Agent Martha Martinez was shot and killed after a gunman entered the Metropolitan Police Department headquarters at 300 Indiana Avenue, NW.
As he entered, Sergeant Henry Joseph Daly, of the Metropolitan Police Department, confronted him to ask if he needed anything. The suspect then pulled out an automatic weapon and shot Sergeant Daly at point-blank range, killing him instantly. He then opened fire on the three FBI agents in the room, as they returned fire. Special Agent Martinez and Special Agent Michael John Miller were killed inside of the room and the third agent was shot and seriously wounded. Agent Martinez was able to shoot the suspect but did not kill him.
After being wounded, the suspect shot and killed himself.
The suspect had previously been a suspect in a triple homicide. After being questioned several times by Detectives, he was cleared, but members of the suspects gang labeled him a snitch. In order to redeem himself in the eyes of his fellow gang members, he decided to kill a police officer. A further investigation revealed that the suspect entered the “Cold Case Squad” office by mistake and was looking for the “Homicide Squad” office.
After an extensive investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the gun that was used by the suspect was traced back to a man in Kentucky who was illegally selling guns to convicted criminals. That man was eventually sentenced to 15 years in federal prison.
Special Agent Martinez had served with the Federal Bureau of Investigation for seven years.
ABOUT the Organization created in the memory of MARTHA DIXON
THE MARTHA FUND is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to preserving the memory of slain FBI Special Agent Martha Dixon by hosting family-oriented public events and funding the construction and renovation of playgrounds in the Pittsburgh area.
Martha received her undergraduate degree in biology from the University of Pittsburgh in 1982 and worked as a forensic chemist for the Arkansas State Crime Lab. She joined the FBI in 1987 and, while assigned to the Knoxville Field Office, became a technically trained agent and the first female SWAT team member for that field office. Martha was assigned to the Washington (DC) Field Office in 1992 and worked drug cases, violent crimes, and cold cases. Martha looked forward to returning to forensics and was a founding member of WFO’s Evidence Response Team, which was renamed the Dixon-Martinez Evidence Response Team in her honor.
Her family and friends channeled their grief into efforts to continue Martha’s two passions, running and children. The Martha Fund was formed in 1995 to raise funding for playground projects in her hometown. The Martha Fund’s main fundraising effort is Martha’s Run, a challenging 10K run and 2K run and walk through the rolling hills of Mt. Lebanon. Since the first fundraiser in 1995, The Martha Fund has gifted many smaller grants to assist playground projects, and in 2007, the signature project, Martha’s Playground, was unveiled in Mt. Lebanon Park. The Fund continues to support playground projects in the Pittsburgh area and is poised for another Martha’s Playground in the future. To find out more about the organization, please visit the below link.
ABOUT the Ride
In 2018, a small eclectic group of 9 athletes join together and embarked on a 333 mile off-road bicycle journey from The FBI’s Washington DC Field Office (WFO) to the FBI’s Pittsburgh Field Office named the Martha Dixon Building. The group of riders were supported by 12 close family and friends that supported the riders with food, water, Gatorade and encouragement.
This ride utilizes the trails along side of the rivers and canals formerly used by railroads. The two paths, the C &O Canal Trail and the Great Allegheny Passage (GAP) Trail links Washington DC to Pittsburgh. To learn more about the trail, follow the below link for a description of the C & O Trail, mile by mile:
The second ‘half’ of the journey follows the Great Allegheny Passage Trail. Follow the below link to find out more about that trail and printable maps of each trail:
This year’s event is slated for 5 days in October 7th-11th, 2019. We are asking each rider to raise $1500. This money will cover lodging each night. The balance of the money will be funneled into the 501 (c)(3) to raise money for the playgrounds mentioned above.
This is not a ride to do if you do not prepare for it. Riders are asked to ride 70 off road miles each day in sometimes hilly terrain. This ride is both rewarding and challenging and it will raise awareness for the Non-profit, as well as raise awareness for a fallen police officer who gave the ultimate sacrifice for her colleagues, citizens and her country.
Itinerary for 2019:
Day 1: Depart Washington DC at 0800 hours
Day 2: XXX
Day 3: XXX
Day 4: XXX
Day 5: Arrive in Pittsburgh PA at 1400 hours
To register for for this event, go to: Raceentry.com