Social justice activist found bound and stabbed to death in DC

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Update: El Hadji Alpha Madiou Toure, 28, has been charged with murder. Police say they do not think Mehiel knew her killer. He already had an outstanding warrant in Tennessee as well.

Update: Police say the stolen car has been recovered.

Corrina Mehiel, a thirty-four-year-old white female, was found dead inside a basement apartment on the 600 block of 14th Street NE, Washington, DC. She had been tied up and stabbed to death. Her body was found on March 22nd. She had last been seen with friends on Sunday, March 19th. She was supposed to leave the DC Area the next morning.

Her 2004 blue Toyota Prius was stolen. It has Kentucky license plate number 722RMY. Police have released pictures of a black male “person of interest.” They say he could be around Beltsville or Laurel, Maryland.

Mehiel is described as an artist and dedicated social justice activist. According to her friend Mel Chin, visiting professor at GW’s Corcoran School of Art and Design, “Corrina was a feminist she wanted to end to violence against women. She was committed to fairness and justice, and always fought for the rights of others. For example, she’d be the first to point out that victims of violence in D.C. are disproportionately people of color.”

Corrina Mehiel worked with Mel Chin at his art studio in Asheville, NC. She was in DC to help Chin set up an art exhibit. Mehiel was an instructor at the Art Academy of Cincinnati from 2014 to 2016. She taught a course on using art to affect social change. Her Facebook page largely consists of political posts.