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BU Student Stabbed in D.C.

NPR intern attacked on her way to work


A BU junior was stabbed in an apparently random attack in the Chinatown neighborhood of Washington, D.C., on Wednesday morning, according to the Metropolitan Police Department.

Annie Ropeik (CAS’12), an intern at National Public Radio in Washington, was on her way to work on August 4 when 24-year-old Melodie Brevard allegedly ran up and stabbed her repeatedly about the neck and back for no apparent reason. Brevard, of Washington, D.C., was tackled by witnesses and restrained until police arrived, according to local news reports. Ropeik was rushed to Howard University Hospital and then transferred to Washington Hospital Center, where she was listed in fair condition on Thursday, with her family at her side. Police have charged Brevard with assault with intent to kill. According to news reports, Brevard was also charged with second-degree assault in October 2007 and assault on a police officer in May 2009; the latter charge was dropped by prosecutors.

The incident took place around 9:30 a.m. at the intersection of 7th and I Streets in Northwest D.C., two blocks from the NPR offices, where Ropeik is executive producer for NPR’s Intern Edition. An NPR spokesperson issued a statement saying, “The entire staff is shocked and deeply concerned, and we are maintaining close contact with the family.”

Ropeik, of Silver Spring, Md., served as editor-in-chief of the Daily Free Press, BU’s independent student newspaper, this past spring semester. A classics and philosophy major, she is a member of the campus a cappella group In Achord.

Caleb Daniloff can be reached at cdanilof@bu.edu.


5 Comments on BU Student Stabbed in D.C.

  • Anonymous on 08.06.2010 at 9:49 am

    Thoughts with the family

    How terrible! My thoughts and prayers are with her and her family. My hopes for a speedy recovery and her returning to BU.

  • Anonymous on 08.09.2010 at 9:37 am

    God Speed Annie's recovery

    What a senseless and horrific crime! My heart and deepest prayers go out to Annie, her family, friends, coworkers and the BU community. God Speed your recovery Annie. I certainly hope that this Melodie person, who obviously has serious mental issues, is dealt with appropriately this time around. This event would never have happened had she been dealt with correctly after the previous alleged attacks mentioned in the article.

    We are praying for you Annie! Get well soon!!!!

    All of us in the BU community.

  • Anonymous on 08.09.2010 at 11:50 am

    God Loves You and Will Heal You

    Such a horrible thing to happen to anyone. I will keep you and your family in my prayers. I know that the suspect is ill, and I will pray that the authorities do what is necessary to get her help and prevent her from doing this to anyone else. Stay strong Annie, look to God for healing your physical and mental wounds from this awful attack. We love you.

  • Anonymous on 11.02.2010 at 11:55 pm

    my thoughts are with them

  • simon on 11.02.2010 at 11:57 pm

    Thoughts are with the family at this difficult time. God bless

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