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Man found fatally shot in Annandale

A man was shot to death Monday night in the Annandale area of Fairfax County, and police are trying to determine if the shooting was accidental or a homicide.

The man was identified Tuesday as Nathan Smiler, 37, of the 8300 block of Little River Turnpike. Police were called to the house where Smiler lived, near the campus of Northern Virginia Community College, about 10:30 p.m. They found Smiler shot in the head, Officer Bud Walker said.

A 30-year-old woman is being questioned in the case but has not been charged, Walker said.

A search warrant filed Tuesday morning in Fairfax Circuit Court indicated that a man called 911 and reported that his female roommate "had run up to him screaming a request that he call 911. The female roommate told him that her boyfriend had been shot." The caller told police that he had heard a gunshot shortly before his roommate's "request."

Police said all individuals inside the house had been identified, and there was no threat to public safety. No arrests had been made by Tuesday evening.

-- Tom Jackman

By Tom Jackman  |  February 16, 2010; 3:44 PM ET
Categories:  Fairfax , Tom Jackman  | Tags: Fairfax shooting; Annandale shooting; Annandale death; Fairfax fatal shooting  
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What? No racist comments yet?

Posted by: hock1 | February 16, 2010 11:39 AM | Report abuse

"Man found fatally shot in Annandale."

"The frustration of having to shovel out parking spaces -- and the etiquette of respecting that shoveling -- erupted into more than just words in Loudoun County in recent days."

"Virginia Legislators work to ease gun restrictions".

There's your sign.

Posted by: swatkins1 | February 16, 2010 11:47 AM | Report abuse

Damn People in their thirties! They're all so violent and taking so many of our jobs! We should ship them to the forties already!

Posted by: stikyfingas | February 16, 2010 11:48 AM | Report abuse

Fairfax County's homicide rate is pretty low. If you're not a gang member or involved in the drug trade, chances are slim that you'll be shot & killed. Unless, of course, a family member has it in for you. It really is a tragedy that the USA doesn't have more guns.

Posted by: uncivil | February 16, 2010 12:22 PM | Report abuse

The members of the Virginia legislature think we need more guns. Vote them out of office.

Posted by: esch | February 16, 2010 12:35 PM | Report abuse

Every man, woman, child & domestic pet in the USA should have a firearm. Licenses & background checks are for wimps.

Posted by: uncivil | February 16, 2010 12:51 PM | Report abuse

Once again, it is depressing - not to mention appaling, that so many readers with so little regard for their fellow man should voice their inane "theories" on something so tragic. Sorry to ruin your rants, but none of the posts are remotely correct - no racist overtone, no gang ties or drug deals. This man was a dear friend of mine; this was a most tragic & preventable accident, nothing more. Have some respect, or at the very least only post when you have something less hateful & constructive to impart.

Posted by: altthinkr | February 16, 2010 1:01 PM | Report abuse

"Damn People in their thirties!..." A young man was killed! Did that fact get lost in translation or did you just choose to ignore this for the sake of cheap "humor"? I am sickened by the lack of humanity displayed on this board today. The victim in this case was a very loving and vibrant man, with the entire world at his feet. Your checklists of possible reasons for this tragedy are not valid here. Please, show an ounce of respect, human compassion and some basic intelligence.

Posted by: DirtyB | February 16, 2010 1:28 PM | Report abuse

He truly called every man brother.

Fair winds...

Posted by: washpost18 | February 16, 2010 2:13 PM | Report abuse

The victim in this crime was an old friend of mine. I am disappointed to see his demise as grist for sermonizing and pathetic attempts a humor. To the racists spouting assertions of gang violence, your guesses are erroneous, but they show your true colors. To those using this as a soapbox for their views on gun control, your lack of empathy reveals you to be soulless.

adieu, mon ami.

Posted by: sultana | February 16, 2010 2:29 PM | Report abuse

The loss of this life is more tragic than most of you will realize. Is it futile to ask you to show some respect for those of us who are mourning?

Posted by: fenriss | February 16, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse

swatkins1 - Please use the death of someone you know to promote your ideology. Since this is the death of someone I personally knew I find your ignorant commentary offensive. He brought joy to many people’s lives.

Posted by: panthergirl | February 16, 2010 3:06 PM | Report abuse

The man who was shot was a highly reputable man with lots of integrity, wit, and an insatiable way of bringing a vibrant, deep sense of warmth and love to a room. His life was filled with friends, loved ones, and family from all over. When I read some of the comments above, I just makes me realize more and more why I left the DC area to come to SF. For those of you who are there mourning, my warmest and deepest emotional support is with you all. May he never be forgotten and always put a smile on your face when his name is spoken.

Posted by: sfdiamonddave | February 16, 2010 3:07 PM | Report abuse

For those of you who did not know this man, this bright and shining star, you should ashamed to use his loss as a way to perpetrate YOUR small mindedness, YOUR racism and YOUR personal axe to grind. Those of us mourning his death, we are wounded but we are not so hurt as to allow your use of this tragedy go unchallenged. Leave us to mourn, find somewhere else to press you agendas.

Posted by: Queen_B | February 16, 2010 3:08 PM | Report abuse

The very good man who was shot to death last night brought joy to many people's lives. Shame on all of those who made this political. This man will be sorely missed.

Posted by: retrosnowwhite | February 16, 2010 4:20 PM | Report abuse

I don't expect much better from the general Post commentariat than self-serving racist, political diatribes. I'm just shocked there's not more of it.

The man was a good guy and it's a shame he's been taken, especially from his daughter.

Posted by: brandonwcorbett | February 16, 2010 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Seriously, what the hells wrong with the first commentators? You don't think this victims friends and family are going to read this?

I hope when you never have to go through what his friends are, only to see net-jerks make light or political hay of it.

Posted by: shadow27 | February 16, 2010 5:15 PM | Report abuse

The man that was shot has been a dear friend of mine for 15 years. I truly resent the political comments especially both the anti AND pro gun control rhetoric.

Posted by: punkrockgeoff | February 16, 2010 5:51 PM | Report abuse

I will miss him. I hope all further posts will be respectful.

Posted by: mcygelman | February 16, 2010 6:05 PM | Report abuse

While his legal name may have been Nathan, those of us who knew him for many years as Dirk know that list name know was appropriate, for I rarely knew him to be without a smile, for himself, and those around him. He helped bring joy to many lives, and will be sorely missed by all who loved him.

Posted by: andrewlewis418 | February 16, 2010 7:14 PM | Report abuse

The epic battle of goths vs trolls! GO!

Posted by: jiji1 | February 16, 2010 11:14 PM | Report abuse

Really you ignorant bleeding liberal democrats, gun controlling, fascist comments this man is a personal friend of mine of more than ten years find out the facts first before you run off at the mouth. Dirk, you will be missed, we love you.

Posted by: sbelson | February 17, 2010 3:19 PM | Report abuse

I knew Nathan long before he picked up the name Dirk. He was one of seven kids in my 3rd grade class, and I continued all the way through school with him. We both graduated from Fairfax HS. I am deeply saddened by this loss. I can't say we were ever close, but that small cadre of kids has grown up and moved on, and we have mostly kept in touch with each other. Nathan (Dirk) was always bright, always outspoken, and always true to himself.

He was the first of our little group to "graduate" from this life. God speed, Nathan, and my strongest wishes of peace to your friends and family.

Posted by: featherfan72 | February 17, 2010 3:54 PM | Report abuse

Knowing someone, spending time with someone, missing someone, caring for someone...
The family you had misses you...
Leaving them behind without answers...

Posted by: Spacetech1 | February 17, 2010 10:11 PM | Report abuse

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