Police: Two men killed in Alexandria were bystanders doing landscaping

Two people shot and killed near an Alexandria apartment complex this weekend were “innocent bystanders” believed to have been doing landscaping work, police said Monday.

Juan Carlos Anaya Hernandez, 24, and Adrian de Jesus Rivera Guzman, 48, died of gunshot wounds in a multiple burglary incident at the congregation’s homes in Alexandria on Saturday morning the 100 and 200 blocks of Century Drive, police said.

“It is believed that they were workers in the area, landscape gardeners,” Alexandria police spokesman Marcel Bassett said of the victims. “They were neither the residents nor the suspects.”

Police said they arrested a 27-year-old man they said was a suspect in the incident, but he had not been charged with the murders as of Monday.

The investigation into the murders by Anaya Hernandez and Rivera Guzman is ongoing, police said. Alexandria prosecutors declined to comment Monday, citing the active investigation.

Relatives of Anaya Hernandez and Rivera Guzman could not be reached.

According to police, the incident began as a burglary just before 7:30 a.m. on Saturday. Officials said calls to possible burglaries and gunshots came from several apartments in different buildings. Alexandria Police Chief Don Hayes said at a news conference Saturday that the shots were fired in only one location.

Monika Mathur and Alice Crites contributed to this report.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/dc-md-va/2022/07/18/landscapers-killed-alexandria-assembly/ Police: Two men killed in Alexandria were bystanders doing landscaping

Dustin Huang

Dustin Huang is a 24ssports U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Dustin Huang joined 24ssports in 2021 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing: dustinhuang@24ssports.com.

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