D.C. police are searching for a 33-year-old man in connection with Sunday’s stabbing death of a woman in Southeast Washington who authorities said was killed in a house occupied by her three young children.
Michael C. Gayle, who has addresses in Northwest Washington and Hyattsville, is charged in an arrest warrant with second-degree murder. Police said he is the father of one of the victim’s three children; it was unclear whether he was a current or ex-boyfriend.
The body of Eboni Domally, 31, was found about 4:15 a.m. Sunday near a basement door of the single-family home in the 5200 block of Queens Stroll Place. Authorities said she had been wounded in the abdomen and that a knife handle was discovered nearby. It is not clear whether the children witnessed the attack. D.C. Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier described the crime as “horrible” during an interview Tuesday on a rise in domestic-related slayings in the District.
Domally was one of three women whose bodies were found inside residences in the past several days. Mary Anne Thomas, 53, was found fatally shot Friday in the 1200 block of Howison Place SW. Barbara Moore, 64, was found asphyxiated, also Friday, in the 4100 block of Gault Place NE.
Police have said the slayings, coming amid a violent weekend, do not appear related, though motives have not been revealed. Police said that Domally was killed during a domestic argument, but no other details were released. Efforts to reach the victim’s relatives have not been successful.