Homicide

Virginia State Police released the image Tuesday evening of the crime scene Saturday morning along U.S. 58 in the Turbeville community of Halifax County.

An 18-year-old Alexandria man has been arrested and charged in connection with the double homicide that left a 21-year-old and 19-year-old dead in the median Saturday morning along U.S. 58, Corinne Geller, public relations director with Virginia State Police confirmed in a news release Thursday afternoon. 

On Thursday morning, the Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s Appomattox Field Office took Mohamed A. Aly into custody without incident in Alexandria, she wrote. 

Aly has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony. 

He will be held at the Blue Ridge Regional Jail in Halifax. 

At 2:51 a.m. Saturday, Virginia State Police responded to U.S. 58 in Halifax County near Melon Road in an initial report of a vehicle crash.  A silver 2009 Nissan Maxima was located in the median with Ntombo Joel Bianda, 21, of Alexandria and Ayanna Munne Maertens Griffin, 19, of Germantown, Maryland found deceased and lying in the grass nearby. 

Both had suffered gunshot wounds, according to the release. 

“State police personnel have been working around the clock pursuing multiple leads related to this homicide investigation,” said Capt. David O. Cooper II, commander of the Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s Appomattox Field Office. “We cannot thank the public enough for providing the tips and information necessary to aid our special agents with effecting an arrest so quickly.”

Since Saturday, the FBI Richmond Field Office, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and several other local law enforcement agencies have been assisting state police with the homicide investigation. 

State police also have been assisted with various evidentiary searches in Halifax County by K9 teams from the Virginia Department of Corrections and Bedford County Sheriff’s Office.

Geller also confirmed Thursday that agents were in the Turbeville and Elmo area Sunday, Monday and Wednesday searching the woods as far down as Ashton Hall Road. 

“It was an evidentiary search in relation to the homicide,” said Geller. 

When asked what brought them several miles away from the crime scene, Geller said they were following up on leads in the investigation. 

As the investigation remains ongoing at this time, the Virginia State Police is still encouraging anyone with information about this incident or individuals involved to contact them at 434-352-7128 or #77 on a cell phone or to email questions@vsp.virginia.gov. 

Anonymous calls are welcome.