2 arrested in teen's death
Update: November 21; 12:02 PM
Manassas police said they arrested Mauricio Martinez, 18, of the 9200 block of Byrd Drive in Manassas, and a 17-year-old from Fairfax and that both were charged with murder and gang participation. Police said the Northern Virginia Gang Task Force aided in the arrests.
A 15-year-old boy walking home from Osbourn High School in Manassas was stabbed and killed Friday afternoon, police said.
The teenager, Miguel Hernandez, was attacked by a group of other teenage boys at 2:45 p.m. while cutting through a small walking path near the intersection of Brent and Barston streets, police said.
Officers arrived to find the teen bleeding, and emergency responders flew him to Fairfax Hospital, where he died shortly after.
Hernandez was walking with other students. But police said the other students did not seem to recognize the assailants. Both Hernandez and his assailants are Hispanic, and police say the incident is believed to be gang related.
"But we don't know exactly how much of a gang affiliation there is and on whose part, the victim or suspects," said Sgt. Tim Neumann, a Manassas City Police spokesman.
Almeta L. Radford, a spokeswoman for Manassas City Public Schools, confirmed the victim was a student at Osbourn and said in a statement, "The entire school division mourns with the family in the loss of their loved one."
Grief counselors will be available for students on Monday at Metz Middle School and Osbourn.
Authorities are offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.
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