"The world has lost a good person": Wife of lawyer killed at Donovan Hotel speaks

The wife of a lawyer found murdered at the Donovan Hotel last month addressed the media Wednesday.

Kim Vuong read a prepared statement in front of Metropolitan Police Department headquarters.

Her husband, David Messerschmitt, was found dead in a room at the hotel in February. Police say he was stabbed several times with a sharp object.

Investigators are still working to identify a person of interest captured on a hotel surveillance camera.

Vuong did not take any questions after her statement.

D.C. Police did, however, say for the first time on record that the person of interest, seen in photographs, is in fact a woman.

Vuong's statement is as follows:

My name is Kim Vuong, and I am David Messerschmitt's wife. On February 10th, he was found stabbed to death at the Donovan Hotel in Washington, DC. Behind me is my family. I am so grateful they could be with me today.

I am here to urge anyone who may have any information about the murder of my husband to please come forward. I know there are people out there who could bring justice to David and me, to our families and friends, and to everyone in Washington who deserves to live in safety.

I urge people to watch the surveillance video from the night of David's murder at the hotel. That video captures the image of the person of interest. Please ask yourself if you recognize that individual. And, if you recognize that individual, or even think you may recognize that person, immediately call the Washington, DC police at 202-727-9099. Even if you don't recognize that person of interest, but have any information about the crime, please contact the police. Even the smallest detail could help.

The world has lost a good person. David's family: a son and brother, and I have lost everything: my husband and my best friend. In one day, I lost the most important person in my life and the man I loved so much. And I have no answers.

I am here because I need people to know about David. My husband was the gentlest and kindest hearted person I knew. He worked hard at everything. He was a brilliant lawyer who people trusted. He was deeply dedicated to his family and spent a great deal of his time traveling to be with them. His nieces and nephews adored him and loved to run around and play with their Uncle David.

He was also the most dependable friend. David's friends knew he was always there for them. David always put his friends and family first, because they were the most important things in his life.


I want to thank the Washington DC Metropolitan Police Department for their hard work and continued diligence. Chief of Police Cathy Lanier, Sergeant Carlos Bundy, and Detectives Damion Johnson and Christopher Bastian have assured me they are doing everything they can to find whoever caused this terrible tragedy.

I also want to thank the media for being here today to bring attention to David's unsolved murder, and for continuing to respect my privacy and the privacy of our family and friends. I want to be clear, I will not be answering any questions after this press conference. I won't be answering questions because I don't have any answers.

Again, if you know anything at all about the crime, please call the Washington Metropolitan Police Department at 202-727-9099.

Please help us heal. Give us all peace.

Thank you.
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