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Newport News’s Jalenn Keene arrested, accused of killing Samuel Onyeuka in Reston, Virginia

Jalenn Maurtiece Keene (©Newport News Jail)

Jalenn Maurtiece Keene (©Newport News Jail)

Jalenn Maurtiece Keene, 20, of Newport News, Virginia, United States has been arrested. He is accused of killing Samuel Onyeuka, 20, of Reston,  Fairfax County, Virginia.

Keene and Onyeuka were classmates at South Lakes High School in Reston. The latter was walking on the sidewalk near his home in Branleigh Park Court, Reston when he was shot on February 10, 2021, WAVY reported.

Officers found Onyeuka lying on the ground and suffering from gunshot wounds to the upper body. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

It was a targeted shooting not a random act of violence, according to Reston Major Crimes Bureau detectives. Keene allegedly shot Onyeuka then fled in a silver Nissan Rogue.

Through surveillance footage and financial records, detectives identified and located Keene in New Port News then coordinated with the Newport News Police Department. The suspect was taken into custody on the evening of February 12, 2021.

A gun was found when Keene was arrested but it has yet to be determined it was the one used to kill Onyeuka. The silver Nissan Rogue was also located.

Onyeuka is the first person to be killed in Fairfax County in 2021. His family said in a statement obtained by NBC Washington, “Words are insufficient to describe the deep concern and grief our family’s having about the unjust murder of our dear Sam.”

Charged with second-degree murder and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, Keene was booked into the Newport News Jail. He will be extradited back to Fairfax County.

Seven Fortune 500 companies are based in Fairfax County, the first U.S. county to reach a six-figure median household income. Some intelligence agencies are headquartered in the county including the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, the National Reconnaissance Office, the National Counterterrorism Center and the Central Intelligence Agency.

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