Who are Ronnie Marshall and D'Angelo Strand? Virginia men arrested for shooting military couple dead
FAIRFAX COUNTY, VIRGINIA: Fairfax County police have arrested two young men who allegedly killed a married military couple in Virginia on Wednesday morning, May 26. The couple, Edward McDaniel Jr and Brenda McDaniel, was shot dead outside their home in Springfield, police said. Both McDaniels were Army physicians and Edward was an active-duty colonel.
On Thursday, May 27, D’Angelo Strand, 19, of Fort Washington, Maryland, and Ronnie Marshall, 20, were arrested, in connection with the killing of Edward, 55, and his wife, Brenda, 63, both from Springfield. "Two distinguished military veterans were gunned down in their front yard," Fairfax Police Chief Kevin Davis said at a news briefing on May 26. "(They) served our community for many, many years. And they were shot and killed in cold blood in their own front yard."
The police department revealed that they responded to a call about a burglary at the same home on Monday, May 24, and added that the incidents could be connected, police said. Eight felony charges have been filed against the two men, according to Fairfax’s major crimes unit commander Major Ed O’Carroll. Both the suspects will face two counts of second-degree murder and two counts of the use of a firearm each, in the commission of a felony.
“As of this moment, we have not located the firearm, but we have a lot of work to do. I mentioned the vehicle that’s now in our possession. We got a lot of things to follow up on. We want that firearm… This case does not close with these two arrests and these multiple charges. In some aspects, it’s just beginning,” O’Carroll said. O’Carroll revealed that the police received a tip on Thursday, May 27, about the whereabouts of a vehicle connected to the case after a local resident called in. At that time, they said they took an unnamed person of interest into custody. "Thanks to the community, we got our offenders," O'Carroll said. He also credited US Marshals for assisting them during the arrests.
Chief Davis said on Thursday, May 27, that the police are not sure about the motive behind the murders but believe it had to do with a dispute stemming from the incident on May 24. The suspects and a relative of the victims were co-workers, according to investigators.