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BREAKING: Suspect identified in fatal Del Ray church stabbing on Sunday

(Updated at 12 p.m., Nov. 14) A man is being held without bond in connection to the stabbing death of a 38-year-old man inside a Del Ray church.

The Alexandria Police Department confirmed that a suspect is in custody, but released few details on the suspected stabbing death of a 38-year-old man in Del Ray on Sunday afternoon.

APD was notified at around 4:25 p.m. that a person was stabbed inside the One God In Christ Apostolic Church (2707 Dewitt Avenue), and the victim died at the scene, according to the police scanner.

At 4:56 p.m., APD said over the scanner that they had the suspect at gunpoint nearly a mile from where the incident occurred, at the Exxon station at the corner of E. Monroe and Mount Vernon Avenues. Police then identified the suspect as Bisrat Shaga.

Shaga, who has no fixed address, was charged with malicious wounding and is being held without bond, according to court records. Shaga has a public defender as an attorney and has his first court appearance on Dec. 19.

This is the seventh homicide of the year in Alexandria.

APD said that anyone with information regarding this incident please contact Detective Matthew Kramarik via phone at 703-746-6650, email at [email protected], at 703-746-4444. Callers can remain anonymous.

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