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Alexandria 18-year-old arrested in Route 58 double homicide

South Boston News
Mohamed Aly / February 13, 2020
An 18-year-old Alexandria male has been arrested and charged in Saturday’s double homicide in Halifax County that claimed the lives of a 21-year-old male and 19-year-old female traveling on Route 58 in Turbeville.

On Thursday morning, the Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation's Appomattox Field Office took Mohamed A. Aly into custody without incident in Alexandria, Va. Aly was arrested at T.C. Williams High School, where he is a student.

Aly has been charged with two counts of first degree murder and two counts of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony. According to family members interviewed by a Washington, D.C. TV station, the murder victims were both shot once in the head.

Aly was incarcerated Thursday nignt at the Blue Ridge Regional Jail in Halifax.

The suspect has a Twitter page where he describes himself as a 5'9", 170-pound defensive back for the T.C. Williams High School football team with a 3.2 GPA. Referring to his college recruitment status, Aly posted in February that he is an unsigned senior who is "looking for a home to showcase my motivation, dedication, and appreciation to the game."

A preliminary hearing in his case has been set for Tuesday, Feb. 18 in Halifax County General District Court.

At 2:51 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, Virginia State Police responded to Route 58 in Halifax County near Melon Road. A silver 2009 Nissan Maxima was located in the median with Ntombo Joel Bianda, 21, of Alexandria, Va., and Ayanna Munne Maertens Griffin, 19, of Germantown, Md., found deceased and lying in the grass nearby. Both had suffered gunshot wounds.

"State police personnel have been working around the clock pursuing multiple leads related to this homicide investigation,” said Capt. David O. Cooper II, Commander of the Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation's Appomattox Field Office. "We cannot thank the public enough for providing the tips and information necessary to aid our special agents with effecting an arrest so quickly.”

Since Saturday, the FBI Richmond Field Office, ATF and several other local law enforcement agencies have been assisting state police with the homicide investigation. State police has also been assisted with various evidentiary searches in Halifax County by K9 teams from the Virginia Department of Corrections and Bedford County Sheriff’s Office.

As the investigation remains ongoing at this time, the Virginia State Police is still encouraging anyone with information about this incident or individuals involved to contact us at 434-352-7128 or #77 on a cell phone or to email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Anonymous calls are welcome.

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