An accountant and financial analyst from Texas who was assaulted Saturday in the District later died of his injuries, and the death is being investigated as a homicide, D.C. police said.
According to police, Kassahun Abebe Edo, 35, of Irving was assaulted about 3 a.m. Saturday in the 700 block of Fairmont Street NW. Police said that he had been involved in an altercation and that after being assaulted, he fell and struck his head in the area of the sidewalk and curb. He died at a hospital Sunday.
The altercation occurred about a block west of the Howard University campus — on a block lined with trees and rowhouses in the Pleasant Plains area — but there was no indication that it involved anyone from the university.
The subject of the altercation and the nature of the assault were not immediately known. Although it was not clear why Edo was in Washington, he had lived and worked in suburban Maryland for several years.
His current job was as a financial analyst with Envoy Air, a Texas-based subsidiary of American Airlines. Martha Thomas, a spokeswoman for American, said Edo joined Envoy on July 20, 2014. Thomas said American’s thoughts and prayers were with Edo’s family.
According to his profile on LinkedIn, he had worked for HMSHost from 2008 to 2011 as a staff accountant in Bethesda, Md., and later as a senior financial analyst. HMSHost describes itself as a provider of food and beverage services for travelers, operating at airports and along highways worldwide.
Before joining HMSHost, Edo was employed by Ethiopian Airlines for 4
He had an accounting degree from Strayer University in the District, where he was enrolled from 2008 to 2010, and a master’s degree in financial management and information systems from University of Maryland University College. He was listed by Virginia in 2011 as a newly licensed certified public accountant.
Public records indicate that he lived in Hyattsville and Silver Spring before moving to Irving, which is in the Dallas area.
The death appears to be the 103rd homicide reported this year in the District, two fewer than were reported in all of 2014.