Man found shot to death in Fairfax park
A 19-year-old man was found shot to death in a Fairfax County park Sunday afternoon, and police are investigating the case as the county's 16th homicide of the year.
Police identified the victim Monday as Jahed Ahmad Babi, who lived with his family in the 5800 block of Parakeet Drive in the Burke area. Parakeet Drive ends at the entrance to Silas Burke Park, and that's the park where Babi was found.
A passerby spotted Babi about 12:15 p.m. Sunday, Officer Don Gotthardt said. The park is a small one, just north of Burke Road and east of the Burke Village Shopping Center.
Police have no suspects, but Gotthardt said investigators "believe it to be an isolated incident," and not a randomly targeted victim. He declined to elaborate, and said he did not know any circumstances of the homicide. Two sources familiar with the case said he had been shot.
Babi's family declined to comment Monday. Babi attended but did not graduate from Lake Braddock Secondary School, Fairfax school officials said. Officials were checking to determine where Babi completed high school.
Early Monday afternoon, Fairfax crime scene and homicide detectives were still at the park, closely examining an area not far from the end of Parakeet Drive. The park has a basketball court, a playground and a flat field, and police were clustered near the field.
Police did not release any information about the slaying on Sunday. Gotthardt said he did not know why.
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