Christy told the 4Hue about her happy home and her struggles over her husband – – and her changing fortune in Washington, D.C.
Late Sunday, police released a statement saying a woman found dead outside a Laurel, Maryland home was pronounced dead of a drug overdose.
“At approximately 10:44 a.m. Sunday, August 20, 2017, the Spring Valley/Washington, D.C. Police Department was dispatched to the 100 block of W. Midtown Circle N.E. for a reported homicide,” police said in a statement. “When police arrived, they found a 32-year-old female, later identified as former Riverdale, Md., resident Christy Giles, unconscious and unresponsive inside of a residence. Members of the Spring Valley/Washington, D.C. Police Department Fire-Rescue Paramedics responded to the scene and pronounced Ms. Giles deceased at the scene.”
Giles’ husband, Robert, told a local Washington, D.C. radio station his wife of eight years was a social worker who helped families “in crisis, particularly in the drug field.” He also said four men burst into their house on Sunday morning.
“They came in very rapidly. There were four of them. One of them had a ski mask on. All of them were carrying handguns,” he told WFAB.
They reportedly forced her at gunpoint to come outside. Her body was found on the sidewalk.
Police said there were no signs of forced entry, or any weapon used to commit the crime. Detectives are investigating at the residence, but have so far found no witnesses, officers said.
Police are not releasing any information about a possible motive.
Christy Giles works as a social worker at A&I Families and Child Service in Silver Spring, Maryland. The agency said in a statement that Giles had left the agency in recent months and that she and her husband are no longer together.
According to The Washington Post, Giles has shared her former home in Riverdale, Maryland, for a number of years with her former husband. Family members told the newspaper that she has struggled with drug problems in the past.
However, family members told the Post Giles had been improving in recent months.
“She was smoking less. She had just made all kinds of changes,” Mary Richard, a relative, told the Post. “I could see she was at least turning the corner.”
Family members had known something was wrong with Giles because they had not heard from her since around 4 p.m. Saturday, when she reportedly texted her mother-in-law, saying she was going out for the evening.
The Post said that another relative told the newspaper that Giles had had health issues in the past and had stopped taking antidepressants but was taking a different kind of anti-anxiety medication.
Lt. Clay Davis, a spokesman for the police, said Sunday that detectives didn’t yet know if the killing was a random act of violence.
Davis would not say whether the killing was drug-related.
A phone listing for Giles could not be found.
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The Associated Press contributed to this report.