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Posted at 4:10 PM ET, 11/20/2010

2 arrested in teen's death

By William Wan

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.


Original post:

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.

By William Wan  | November 20, 2010; 4:10 PM ET
Categories:  Gangs, Manassas  
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Comments

Look around at the gang graffiti, and you see how this bucholic suburb has become the new ground zero for Mexican gangs and gang warfare on our streets. Why are we letting Manassas go in the direction of Los Angeles and become unliveable as a city anymore. Street crime is getting out of hand and the police are doing nothing about. We need tougher law enforcement, anti-gang squads of police and detectives, and the cooperation of the courts to put gang members in prison for a long time.

Posted by: edwardallen54 | November 20, 2010 5:15 PM | Report abuse


This is sad. I have a 10 year old. I won't let him out of my site. That child's parents and family are burying a kid because another child got violent over some meaningless foolish dispute.

Last week some of the neighbors children in my apartment building were making a racket at 9:30PM I confronted the parents for the third time in two weeks.... They called the police.

The responding officer told me I need to be careful... that they were from El Salvador? At first it made me mad. Then frightened. That's our police saying it's out of control, and we can't stop it.

" This " is why we have immigration laws. But as long as they get circumvented by greed... this is what the results are. As long as we ignore the problem it will fester.

Posted by: mriley0223 | November 20, 2010 10:05 PM | Report abuse

Passing the "Dream Act" will solve all this. Mr. Obama told me so.

Posted by: wjc1va | November 21, 2010 12:32 AM | Report abuse

I was born there over 60 years ago, right outside of Manassas and its a shame for me to read articles of this nature, it really hurts. Why do we let these people come here and do this to our streets there has to be a way to stop this. One way would be to arrest the parents who are proabably illegal anyway and send them to prison as well and or send them back across the border, or one better send them to africa and dump them off in the jungle to rot.

Posted by: dwestar | November 21, 2010 1:08 AM | Report abuse

I live just outside of Manassas, and people wonder why I carry a concealed firearm whenever I go out. When Charlie Dean said he could not enforce the resolution they started to come back. I see MS13 signs everywhere, from graffiti to gang member tattoos. I worked in a prison in North Carolina before moving here and know what to look for. They are mostly trying to stay low and out of sight, but they are everywhere.

Posted by: scott9050 | November 21, 2010 6:37 AM | Report abuse

more often than not kids are jumped because they refuse to join up.

Posted by: peanut47 | November 21, 2010 11:18 AM | Report abuse

I'm so tired of people saying we have to do something to stop things like this. We know its aproblem, yet everytime citizens try to get something done, peoples hearts get in the way and and we hear...oh that's not right, you can't tear people away from their families. Or, groups come out of the woodwork with that same old civil rights tactics or how this country means freedom for everybody and we should respect that. In order for things to get better there's gonna have to be tough laws which are gonna make some angry but it needs to be done or we're all gonna regret it.

Posted by: 2cmenow | November 21, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Those aged 18-24 are also adults and not "kids" or "teens" meaning they shouldn't be called those words. This article, as viewed from the Metro page, should've been titled "2 Youths arrested in teen's death" because there's a young man who participated in the murder. It's good that the young man and boy have been arrested in the murder of the boy. The Northern Virginia Gang Task Force has done good on this one since it specializes in identifying gangs.

Posted by: LibertyForAll | November 21, 2010 10:15 PM | Report abuse

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