The Fedex employee who shot and killed the nonprofit founder in the early hours of the morning as he slept in bed next to his wife was pictured smiling in a photo.
Joshua Daniel Deinhauer, 33, was charged with second-degree murder and using a firearm in the commission of a felony in the shooting death of Glyer, 32, according to a statement released by the Fairfax Police Department.
Deinhower, who worked for FedEx, was acquainted with Glier, his wife, Heather, and their two young children, Gryphon and Hayley, 6 and 22 months.
“This was no accident,” Fairfax City Police Lt. Matthew Lasowitz told DailyMail.com on Thursday.
The suspect, identified as Joshua Daniel Deinhauer, 33, was charged with second-degree murder and using a firearm in the commission of a felony in the shooting death of Glyer, 32, Fairfax said in a statement. City police department
DonorSee founder Gret Glier, 32, of Fairfax, Virginia, was found dead in his Bolton Village Court home around 3 a.m. Friday with gunshot wounds.
Glier’s wife, Heather, reportedly called 911 and told dispatchers she thought there was an intruder in their home. The couple’s two children, Griffon and Hayley, 6 and 22 months, were also home at the time but were not injured
The lieutenant confirmed the suspect worked for FedEx at Dulles International Airport, but said it was unclear what his role was at the company.
Lasowitz told DailyMail.com that the back door of the family’s home, which is in Bolton Village Court, had been left unlocked, which is how the suspect allegedly gained entry.
Early Friday morning, Deinhower went into the home’s master bedroom and fired several bullets into Glyer, who was sleeping next to his wife, Heather.
She called 911 and told the operator she thought an intruder had entered her home.
“She heard a loud noise and believes that her husband was shot. She thinks that someone entered the house,” the dispatcher said Fox 5 DC.
Glier’s wife was not injured 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 as the investigation is “very active”. Heather could not be reached for comment.
“The motive is still unknown, as is the relationship with Glier and the suspect,” Lasowitz said. “We’re looking at every possibility.”
Deinhauer was arrested on Tuesday while on duty at Dulles International Airport. He is being held without bail at the Fairfax County Detention Center.
Early Friday morning, Deinhower went into the home’s master bedroom and fired several bullets into Glyer, who was sleeping next to his wife, Heather. Their two young children were also in the house
DonorSee’s founder started the company in 2016 after “moving to Malawi in 2013 and living with the world’s poorest,” according to the nonprofit’s website.
Six months ago, the couple had just moved into Bolton Court in Fairfax City, Va., a residential neighborhood lined with trees and white picket fences. It is not known where the family lived before
Glaier, his wife and two young children had just moved to Fairfax City six months ago, a neighborhood with tree-lined streets and white picket fences. It is not known where the family lived before.
Fairfax City has a population of just over 25,000, and Lasowitz called the area where Glier lived “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,” although that is strongly discouraged.
Regarding the fact that the back door was open at the Gliers’ home, Laskowitz said he did not know “why the door was open” when officers arrived at the residence.
He also added that the airport is about 15 miles from the victim’s home.
Police could not confirm to DailyMail.com whether Heather is a suspect in the case
At a news conference Thursday, Capt. Jeff Hunt of the Fairfax Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division announced Deinhauer’s arrest, saying it appeared he “acted alone.”
According to a neighbor of the family, the neighbor heard three shots Fox News.
Gerald Searles, 54, who lives next door, said he and others are tense after the shooting, despite Fairfax police saying there is no further “threat to the community.”
“We’re definitely just being a little bit more vigilant, just keeping our eyes and ears open,” he told Fox 5 DC. “I don’t think a lot of people saw or heard anything at that time in the morning, but we’re definitely just taking precautions and doing whatever we need to do to make ourselves more comfortable.”
Fairfax police also told Fox 5 DC that a back door to the home was unlocked, but did not say if the department saw any signs of forced entry.
Glier’s wife released a statement 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 to help people who needed it most, and I know that legacy will live on.”
According to Glyer’s LinkedIn profile, he moved to Malawi in 2013, where he taught math at a Bible school.
A life-changing experience spurred Glyer to start a nonprofit organization called Housing for Orphans and Widows of Malawi, which built houses 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 website, is “to build a global network of support for the world’s poorest.”
The non-profit organization employs about 15 people.
Owen O’Doherty, interim chief executive of DonorSee, said The Washington Post on Wednesday that he does not know Deinhauer and has no connection to the website.
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,” according to The Post.
A GoFundMe was created for funeral expenses and to help “provide for wife and children.”
As of Thursday afternoon, nearly $136,000 had been raised toward the $150,000 goal.
Also, Glyer’s own efforts were used to raise funds DonorSee website for $75,000 and had reached $48,000 as of Tuesday afternoon.
“Everyone at DonorSee has heavy hearts today as we mourn the loss of our inspirational founder, Grete,” the website said.
“As many of you know, Grete lived her life in the pursuit of helping others. He left a legacy that will live on through DonorSee, changing the world for the better and helping those who need it most. He is a bright light that inspired those he met and many others he didn’t.”
Glier started DonorSee in 2016 — three years after he moved to Malawi, Africa, and his life “changed,” according to the company’s website.