PICTURED: FedEx worker who ‘shot dead non-profit founder as he was lying in his bed next to his wife’ in Virginia SMIRKS in mugshot
- DonorSee founder Gret Glyer, 32, of Fairfax, was found fatally shot in the home he shares with his wife and two children on Friday
- The suspect, identified as Joshua Daniel Danehower, 33, has been charged with second-degree murder and the use of a firearm in the commission of a felony
- His wife, Heather, called 911 and told dispatchers she thought an intruder had shot her husband
- The couple’s children, Gryphon and Gailiee, 6 and 22 months, were also at the home at the time but were unharmed
- It’s the first homicide in Fairfax in 14 years; the couple moved to the city less than a year ago
- Fairfax police were unable to confirm to DailyMail.com whether or not Glyer’s wife is a suspect in the case
- Glyer founded DonorSee im 2016 after a ‘transforming’ trip to Malawi, Africa
The Fedex worker who shot dead the founder of a non-profit in the early hours of the morning while he was asleep in bed next to his wife has been pictured smirking in his mugshot.
Joshua Daniel Danehower, 33, has been charged with second-degree murder and the use of a firearm in the commission of a felony in the shooting death of 32-year-old Glyer, according to a statement issued by the Fairfax City Police Department.
Danehower, who worked for FedEx, was an acquaintance of Glyer, his wife, Heather, and their two young children, Gryphon and Gailiee, 6 and 22 months.
‘It was not random,’ Fairfax City Police Lieutenant Matthew Lasowitz told DailyMail.com on Thursday.
The suspect, identified as Joshua Daniel Danehower, 33, has been charged with second-degree murder and the use of a firearm in the commission of a felony in the shooting death of 32-year-old Glyer, according to a statement by the Fairfax City Police Department
DonorSee founder Gret Glyer, 32, of Fairfax, Va., was found dead inside his Bolton Village Court home around 3 a.m. on Friday with gunshot wounds
Glyer’s wife, Heather, reportedly called 911 and told dispatchers she thought there was an intruder in their home. The couple’s two children Gryphon and Gailiee, 6 and 22 months, were also home at the time, but were unharmed
The lieutenant confirmed the suspect worked for FedEx at Dulles International Airport, but said he wasn’t clear what role he had with the company.
Lasowitz told DailyMail.com the backdoor of the family’s home, located in Bolton Village Court, had been left unlocked, which is how the suspect supposedly gained entry.
During the early-morning hours of Friday, Danehower walked into the master bedroom of the home and pumped several bullets into Glyer as he slept next to his wife, Heather.
She called 911, telling the operator that she believed an intruder had entered her home.
‘She heard a loud noise and believes her husband has been shot. She believes someone came into the house,’ a dispatcher said, according to Fox 5 DC.
Glyer’s wife was uninjured during the ambush. Their two young children, who were also in the home at the time of the shooting, were also unharmed.
Fairfax Police could not confirm to DailyMail.com whether Heather is a suspect in the case at this time, as the investigation is ‘very active.’ Heather could not be reached for comment.
‘A motive is not yet known nor is the relationship with Glyer and the suspect,’ Lasowitz said. ‘We are looking into any possibility.’
Danehower was arrested on Tuesday during his work shift at Dulles International Airport. He is being held without bond in the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center.
During the early-morning hours of Friday, Danehower walked into the master bedroom of the home and pumped several bullets into Glyer as he slept next to his wife, Heather. Their two young children were also in the home
The DonorSee founder established the company in 2016 after ‘moving to Malawi in 2013 and living with the world’s poorest,’ according to the non-profit’s web site
The couple had just moved to Bolton Village Court in Fairfax City, Va., a residential area that’s dotted with trees and lined with white-picket fences, six months ago. It’s not clear where the family had been living before
Glyer, his wife and two young children had just moved to Fairfax City, an area with tree-lined streets and white-picket fences, six months ago. It’s not clear where the family had been living before.
Fairfax City has a population just shy of 25,000 and Lasowitz described the neighborhood Glyer resided as ‘incredibly safe.’
‘We haven’t had a homicide in this community since July 2008,’ he said, adding that it’s ‘not uncommon for people to leave their property or vehicles unlocked,’ though it is strongly discouraged.
Regarding the rear door being unlocked at the Glyer home, Laskowitz said he didn’t know ‘why the door was open’ when officers arrived at the residence.
He also added that the airport is approximately 15 miles away from the victim’s home.
Police were unable to confirm to DailyMail.com if Heather is a suspect in the case
At a Thursday press conference, Captain Jeff Hunt of the City of Fairfax Police Department’s criminal investigations division, announced the arrest of Danehower, saying it appears he ‘acted alone.’
The family’s next-door neighbor heard three gunshots, according to Fox News.
Gerald Searles, 54, who lives next door, said he and others are on edge after the shooting, despite Fairfax police saying there is no further ‘threat to the community.’
‘We definitely are just being a little bit more vigilant about just keeping our eyes and ears open,’ he told Fox 5 DC. ‘I don’t think many people saw or heard anything at that time in the morning, but we definitely are just taking precautions and doing what’s necessary to feel more comfortable.’
Fairfax police also told Fox 5 DC that the home’s backdoor was open, but did not disclose if the department saw any signs of forced entry.
Glyer’s wife issued a statement on Wednesday, describing her husband of four years: ‘Gret was my best friend and an incredible husband and father,’ she said. ‘He had an amazing heart for helping the people who need it most, and I know that legacy will live on.’
According to Glyer’s LinkedIn profile, he had moved to Malawi in 2013, where he taught mathematics at a Bible school.
The life-changing experience prompted Glyer to start the nonprofit, Housing for Orphans and Widows in Malawi, which worked to construct homes in rural areas, and a primary school for girls, according to his online obituary.
In 2016, he returned to the United States and founded DonorSee, a fundraising platform whose mission, according to its web site, is ‘to build a global support network for the world’s poorest.’
The non-profit employs approximately 15 people.
Owen O’Doherty, the interim chief executive of DonorSee, told The Washington Post on Wednesday that he doesn’t know Danehower and that he had no connection to the web site.
O’Doherty said he and his colleagues ‘are still incredibly shocked and deeply saddened’ by the tragedy, describing Glyer as ‘an inspirational leader and an amazing guy,’ The Post reported.
A GoFundMe has been set up for funeral expenses, as well as to help ‘provide for his wife and children.’
As of Thursday afternoon, nearly $136,000 has been raised toward their goal of $150,000.
A fundraiser was also set up on Glyer’s own DonorSee web site for $75,000 and has reached $48,000 as of Tuesday afternoon.
‘Everyone at DonorSee has heavy hearts today and we grieve the loss of our inspirational Founder Gret,’ the web site read.
‘As many of you will know, Gret lived his life in the pursuit of helping others. He has left a legacy that will live on through DonorSee of changing the world for the better and helping those who need it most. He is a shining light that inspired those he met, and many more he did not meet.’
Glyer set up DonorSee in 2016 – three years after he had moved to Malawi, Africa, and his life was ‘transformed,’ according the company’s website.