Two Honor Students Shot To Death Night Before Graduation

The two teens were found shot to death in a car on a quiet street.

By Gina Tron

Two Maryland teen boys were murdered the night before their high school graduation.

Police said 17-year-old Shadi Adi Najjar and 18-year-old Artem S. Ziberov were found shot to death inside a vehicle on a quiet residential street in Montgomery Village, Maryland on Monday evening. One of the victims was found holding a $20 bill, according to NBC Washington.

Their deaths have been ruled a double homicide by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore, according to WJLA.

The teen boys had told their parents they were going out that night to try to sell a few extra graduation tickets. Both were honor roll students.

"May God punish who did this to my son. I'm sure the police will find who killed my boy," Najjar's father, Adi Najjar told NBC Washington while holding his son's cap and gown.

Najjar wanted to be a surgeon and volunteered at a medical center. Ziberov was a National Honor Society student, who received a Presidential Academic Award. Both victims were gearing up to attend college in the fall.

"For those of you who knew Artem and Shadi, we ask that you remember and celebrate them. They were both excellent students who had a positive impact on those around them, and they will be greatly missed," their principal wrote in a letter sent to parents.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call police at 240-773-5070.  A reward of up to $10,000 is being offered for information that leads to an arrest. 

[NBC Washington]

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