ADAMS Continues to Call for Justice to Be Served in Brutal and Heartless Murder of 17 Year Old Community Member

ADAMS continues to call for justice to be served in the brutal and heartless murder of a 17 year old community member. We continue to grieve and pray for the teenager and her family. ADAMS is optimistic from the latest press conference that law enforcement is continuing to investigate and determine the motive/s of this crime and will prosecute the perpetrator to the full extent of the law. We request the community to not speculate on the motives and jump to conclusions.  We thank both Fairfax County Police and Loudoun County Sheriff’s departments for their diligent efforts in investigating and charging the suspect with Murderhttps://fcpdnews.wordpress.com/2017/06/18/man-charged-with-assaulting-and-killing-a-17-year-old-girl/

 

ADAMS will continue to follow the investigation to ensure justice is upheld to the maximum extent of the law.There are some independent vigils happening and we encourage people to come together in solidarity and harmony. Our Prophetic traditions teaches us to respond to bad with good. We request the media to NOT come on ADAMS property during its prayer services to allow the community to grieve and partake in communal prayer reflection. Media will be instructed to a designated area on sidewalk of sugarland rd. Out of respect for the deceased and her family, Media will not be allowed to attend the Funeral Service at ADAMS Sterling. Media will be instructed to a designated area.

Please see our first statement below for background and details
 


ADAMS Deepest Thoughts and Prayers for The 17 Year Old Youth Sister and Family

 

On Sunday, June 18th 2017, at approximately 4 a.m., according to Fairfax County Police, a dispute occurred between a group of teens who were walking along Dranesville Road in Sterling and a man driving a car. It appears the man got out of his car and assaulted one of them, a 17-year-old girl. Community members came across the group and directed them to ADAMS Center. Immediately thereafter, the ADAMS’ personnel notified both Loudon County and Fairfax County authorities who immediately began an extensive search to locate the missing girl.


The search continued until around 3 p.m. when the body of a female was found in a pond in Sterling. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner will conduct an autopsy to confirm the identity of the body and determine the exact cause and manner of death.
The joint county investigation has led to an individual being taken into custody as a suspect. Charges are pending further investigation. We thank both Fairfax County Police and Loudoun County Sheriff’s departments for their diligent efforts in investigating and apprehending a suspect. We call on law enforcement to investigate and determine the motive of this crime and prosecute to the full extent of the law. The Suspect has been charged with Murder https://fcpdnews.wordpress.com/2017/06/18/man-charged-with-assaulting-and-killing-a-17-year-old-girl/

 

We are devastated and heartbroken as our community undergoes and processes this traumatic event. It is a time for us to come together to pray and care for our youth. ADAMS has licensed counselors on site to assist anyone in need of counseling during these difficult times.We would also like to thank our community, government officials and interfaith partners for their prayers and support during these tough times.

 

For further questions, we ask that you please contact the Fairfax County Police Media Relations Bureau, 703-246-2253. Due to the nature of the ongoing investigation we have been advised not to discuss this matter further.

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