Gang activity connected to pair of bodies found in Fairfax County park

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The bodies of two people, who police say were murdered in connection with youth gang activity in the D.C. area, have been found in a park in Lincolnia.

The bodies were discovered in Holmes Run Park, about 300 yards from the intersection of Crater Place and Yellowstone Drive, late Thursday evening.  Police had searched the park for most of Wednesday and Thursday after the Fairfax County Police Gang Unit received a tip.  At a news conference Friday morning Police Chief Edwin Roessier Jr. told reporters “I can assure you that this is gang activity.”

The bodies have not yet been identified and Chief Roessier wouldn’t confirm whether there is a connection to the arrests, two weeks ago, of ten alleged gang members.  Those suspects have been charged with involvement in the murder of 15-year-old Damaris A. Reyes Rivas. Investigators believe Reyes Rivas was held against her will, taken to Lake Accotink Park and assaulted before she was killed around January 8.  Reyes Rivas disappeared from her home in Gaithersburg in December. Her body was found in the 7100 block of Wimsatt Road in Springfield February 11.




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Ed Tobias brings more than four decades of reporting and news management experience to his work at FairfaxNews. Tobias managed news coverage for Associated Press Radio for over twenty years.  This included coverage of the 9/11 attacks, the Iraq War, Hurricane Katrina, the death of Princess Diana, the Challenger and Columbia shuttle disasters and national election primaries, conventions and campaigns.  He was part of the team that built AP’s on-line video operation. Prior to joining AP, Tobias was News Director at all-news WTOP in Washington, D.C. He has won two Ohio State Awards for his reporting and producing and he led coverage that won an Edward R. Murrow Award.