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Alexandria Police do no suspect foul play behind a sudden death last week in the city’s Arlandria neighborhood.

On April 27 (Wednesday), a 55-year-old man was found dead in the doorway of a building in the 3900 block of Mount Vernon Avenue at around 6:45 a.m. The area from Executive Avenue to Russell Road was temporarily shut down while police investigated.

The man was identified as Julio Rivera, and police said that there was no trauma on his body indicating foul play.

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(Updated at 10:45 a.m.) Alexandria Police reported a sudden death Wednesday morning in the City’s Arlandria neighborhood.

The death was reported in the 3900 block of Mount Vernon Avenue at around 6:45 a.m., and the area from Executive Avenue to Russell Road was temporarily shut down, but the street was reopened as of 10 a.m.

The 55-year-old male victim was found in the doorway of a building, according to Alexandria Police.

No arrests have been made in connection to the incident.

No information on the victim was released, and the cause of death will be determined by a medical examiner, police said on social media.

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The Alexandria Police Department is investigating the city’s first homicide of 2022 in West End.

Officers responded around 6:50 a.m. Wednesday to the 4500 block of Raleigh Avenue for an unresponsive person lying in the bushes, police said. When they arrived, they discovered Alexandria resident Elijah Williams, 25, dead on the sidewalk near one of the residences.

The Medical Examiner ruled his death a homicide due to upper body trauma, according to police.

APD asks anyone with information to contact Detective Ryan Clinch by phone at 703.746.6673 or email [email protected] or call APD’s non-emergency number at 703.746.4444. Tips can be anonymous.

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A 40-year-old Alexandria man has been charged with the Dec. 7 murder of a woman in the West End.

David Cunningham was charged with the second degree murder of 23-year-old Melia Jones in her apartment in the unit block of South Van Dorn Street. Police have not released how she was killed, and said that Cunningham is being held without bond in the Alexandria jail.

Police found Jones dead in her apartment on Tuesday, Dec. 7 at around 2:40 p.m. Her death was the second homicide of 2021.

The incident is still under investigation, and anyone with information on it is asked to reach out to Detective Michael Whelan at 703-746-6228, or [email protected]. Callers can remain anonymous.

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Well, it hasn’t exactly been a good news-heavy week in Alexandria.

There’s a possible serial killer in the area of Fairfax just south of Alexandria and the much-debated School Resource Officers have been removed from their posts pending an investigation into alleged inappropriate sexual messages to a former student, according to the Washington Post. A local juvenile was also killed in a fatal shooting this past weekend, though police said there’s no threat to public safety and the death is being considered an isolated incident.

Several City Council members were honored earlier this week after they finished their last City Council meeting. Among them was City Council member Redella “Del” Pepper, who retired after 36 years in office.

Top stories

  1. BREAKING: Alexandria City High School on lockdown after social media threats
  2. JUST IN: Pedestrian struck by car in Arlandria
  3. JUST IN: Minnie Howard campus evacuated after bomb threat
  4. BREAKING: School Resource Officers removed from Alexandria City High School after ‘serious complaint’
  5. Police investigating fatal juvenile shooting
  6. Police investigating shots fired in Braddock neighborhood
  7. Florence King, City Council candidate and Alexandria Living Legend, dies
  8. Alexandria got nearly $30 million in ARPA funding this year; here’s what the city’s been doing with it
  9. The Alexandria detention center population has been declining since 2011, here’s why
  10. Alexandria sees most single-day COVID-19 infections since February, Virginia surpasses 1 million cases
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Police looking at the body found in the water, near the unit block of Duke Street (via social media)

The body of what appears to be a woman was recovered from the Potomac River this morning in Old Town Alexandria.

The discovery was made just before 10:30 a.m. off Point Lumley Park near the Barca Pier, at the bottom of Duke Street. The woman was fully clothed and wearing shoes, video shared with ALXnow shows.

Police are trying to determine what happened to the person who died. Residents should expect “a heavy police response” in the area, APD says.

Updated at 7 p.m. — Alexandria police issued the following press release about the woman’s death.

The Alexandria Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division is investigating an undetermined death after a woman’s body was found in the Potomac River near Duke Street Saturday morning.

The initial call came from a citizen who was walking along the waterfront.

The call for service was received at approximately 10:00 a.m., Saturday, November 20th to the unit block of Duke Street. When officers arrived on the scene they discovered a deceased female, who appeared to be in her 60s, floating near the pier at Point Lumley Park.

The decedent was removed from the water and will be examined by the Medical Examiner to determine the cause of death. The decedent’s name will not be released for 24 hours until after the next of kin has been notified.

No foul play is expected at this time.

We are asking anyone with information related to this incident to reach out to Detective B. Gill at 202.621.3287 or call the Alexandria Police Department’s non-emergency number at 703.746.4444. Tips can be anonymous.

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(Updated at 2:30 p.m.) A 33-year-old Alexandria man is in custody after a Maryland man was killed at the BJ’s Wholesale Club in the Landmark area of the West End on Saturday night.

The incident occurred at around 7:45 p.m. Rakibul Fakir was charged with second-degree murder after allegedly stabbing 29-year-old Abiy Zemene to death.

Police said that the suspect and the victim knew each other.

“The adult male suspect remained at the scene until police arrived and was taken into custody without incident,” police said in a news release. “Officers and responding EMS attempted life-saving efforts, however the male was pronounced dead at the scene.”

The BJ’s Wholesale Club is next door to the Van Dorn Plaza shopping mall and near the intersection with Duke Street.

This is the first murder of 2021. There were three murders last year.

Anyone with information on the incident can call Detective C. Escobar at 703-746-6819. Callers may remain anonymous.

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Morning Notes

Maryland cold case victim was an Alexandria resident — “An Alexandria teen was identified as the victim in a cold case killing 45 years ago. Until now, she was known as the ‘Woodlawn Jane Doe.’ The body of Margaret Fetterolf, 16, of Alexandria, Virginia was found in the 5600 block of Dogwood Road near Lorraine Park Cemetery in Woodlawn, Maryland on Sept. 12, 1976.” [Patch]

Fairfax County puts extra protections around River Farm — “The additional protections will not prevent AHS from selling River Farm, nor is it a guarantee that the land will remain undeveloped. However, it does put hurdles up against the type of dense development at River Farm that has made neighbors nervous.” [Alexandria Living]

Things to do in Arlandria — “Catch a concert from a favorite artist, enjoy Salvadorian, Peruvian and Nepalese dining and admire powerful murals in Alexandria’s Arlandria neighborhood, steps from bustling Del Ray. Also called Chirilagua, after a region of El Salvador from which many of the neighborhood’s residents hail, Arlandria even inspired a Foo Fighters song by front man and former Alexandrian Dave Grohl.” [Visit Alexandria]

Today’s weather — “Partly to mostly cloudy with scattered showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. High 82F. Winds ENE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 50%.. Cloudy. Slight chance of a rain shower. Low 71F. Winds light and variable.” [Weather.com]

New job: Fitness operations manager — “The Operations Managers are dedicated to making the fitness experience at our clubs an exceptional one. They create a clean, fun and friendly environment by training and motivating their staff. They also generate revenue, keep a clean and well maintained club, all while providing great customer service.” [Indeed]

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Alexandria was spared from significant flooding this week after remnants of Hurricane Ida swept through the East Coast. The only flooding found was on lower King Street in Old Town, where businesses laid sandbags at windows and doorways.

“We’re open inside, but if you want to eat you’re probably going to have to come barefoot,” a hostess at Mai Thai told ALXnow on Wednesday.

Our top story this week was, for the second week in a row, on the recent brawl inside Alexandria City High School.

It’s a three-day weekend, and on Sunday the annual Old Town Festival of Speed & Style will bring crowds to marvel at classic and beautiful rides along King Street. Monday is Labor Day, and the city will operate on a holiday schedule.

In this week’s poll we asked how satisfied readers are with Alexandria City Public Schools since reopening on August 24. A majority (31%) reported being extremely unsatisfied with the school system, while 29% said ACPS has done a good job, 25% are extremely satisfied and 14% are unhappy overall.

Important stories

Top stories

  1. BREAKING: Video shows brawl at Alexandria City High School cafeteria just two days after school starts
  2. 13-year-old hit by car while walking home from school in Del Ray
  3. Fox put George Washington Middle School into a lock-in today
  4. Man arrested for spending spree after finding wallet in Bradlee Shopping Center parking lot
  5. No injuries or arrests after shots fired on Duke Street
  6. ACPS Superintendent Hutchings asks community to hit the brakes on email campaigns
  7. Alexandria man arrested for beating up ex-girlfriend in Old Town North
  8. Alexandria sees cases rise in August and warns of COVID-19 in schools
  9. Alexandria man convicted for possessing child porn and violating parole
  10. Historic Black cemetery under threat of being washed away in Old Town
  11. Man swallows two bags of drugs and runs from police in Old Town

Have a safe weekend!

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(Updated at 10:45 a.m. on Thursday, September 2) Alexandria Police are investigating the death of a man who was struck by a vehicle Wednesday morning (September 1) as he crossed the street in the West End.

The pedestrian has been identified as Simon Merino.

The incident occurred near N. Beauregard Street and Fairbanks Avenue at around 6:20 a.m., and as of 9:30 a.m., the roadway was still closed while police continued their investigation. The area where the crash occurred is near Northern Virginia Community College and Mark Center.

The driver was transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries and has not been charged with anything, police told ALXnow.

Police will release more information this afternoon on the incident. The roadway reopened at around 12:45 p.m.

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