Slain Woman's Brother Remembers Their Hopes

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Andrew Moskowitz remembers dreaming with his sister, Sharon, about how they would someday fawn over each other's children and keep the close relationship they had developed through the years.

He said Sharon was looking forward to being the "crazy aunt" to his children, and he relished the idea of being the doting uncle to hers.

Those dreams died Tuesday afternoon when Miss Moskowitz, 25, was found murdered just inside the door of her home in the 1900 block of Biltmore Street NW. An autopsy report yesterday said she was strangled with her own white scarf - her hands bound behind her back and her ankles tied with rope.

Despite the shocking nature of the killing, Mr. Moskowitz said he has no regrets about things left unsaid or undone with his sister.

"There was no unfinished business," he said last night from the family home in Hamden, Conn. "There was just future business, and that's what we're going to miss."

The killing shocked the quiet, upscale Adams Morgan neighborhood.

Mr. Moskowitz said his family had no worries about Sharon moving to the District. It was only another part of the soaring adventure she was on.

Miss Moskowitz was a 1989 graduate of Hamden High School. She attended the University of Connecticut, where she majored in Japanese and East Asian studies. Her interest in Asian history and culture intensified after she became fluent in Japanese. She had just returned from two years in Japan, where she taught English to Japanese high school students. She was working briefly at the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program at the Japanese Embassy here while looking for other work.

Co-workers from the embassy program, which trains people to teach English to Japanese students, left yesterday to attend Miss Moskowitz's funeral this morning at Temple Beth Shalom in Hamden. …