Henok G. Yohannes was discovered dead in Springfield, VA whereas Kedest Sileshi Simeneh’s body was found against a tree in a yard on Cordwood Court in Burke, VA.

By Justin Wm. Moyer and Victoria St. Martin (The Washington Post) |

A man and woman were found slain in Fairfax County, Va., hours apart, and police said they think the killings are linked.

Henok G. Yohannes, 22, was discovered dead at his home in the 6400 block of Blarney Stone Court in Springfield at about 8:15 p.m. Thursday. He had suffered trauma to his upper body, police said, and an autopsy by the medical examiner’s office was scheduled to determine a cause of death.

On Friday (Dec. 23) morning, 22-year-old Kedest Sileshi Simeneh’s body was found against a tree in a yard on Cordwood Court in Burke, about two miles from where Yohannes’s body was found. She, too, had trauma to the upper body, police said.

Fairfax police said they think the victims knew each other, but they did not detail that relationship. No arrests had been made by Friday evening, and police asked anyone with information to call.

“We don’t know who did it; we have no suspect in custody,” said Monica Meeks, a county police spokeswoman. “These two crimes do not appear to be random.”

On Friday evening, investigators were meeting inside a police mobile command vehicle parked near the Blarney Stone Court scene. Police said aerial photos were taken of the Cordwood Court scene.

Police said a family member of Yohannes found his body Thursday (Dec. 22), and authorities were called. They did not say whether there was forced entry into the home.

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