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Two men have been arrested in connection with the brutal slaying of two married military physicians who were shot dead on their front lawn.
The Fairfax County Police Department wrote in a Thursday press release that police were alerted to a burglary at a home on Wednesday morning.
The first responding officer arrived at the Fairfax County home within two minutes of the initial call. He discovered Dr. Edward McDaniel Jr., 55, and Dr. Brenda McDaniel, 63, “suffering from gunshot wounds outside their home,” according to the press release.
They were both pronounced dead at the scene.
Two young men were arrested a day later. A “community member” called in a tip that resulted in the arrest of D’Angelo Strand, 19, on Thursday morning, according to police. Just hours later, police arrested Ronnie Marshall, 20.
Both Marshall and Strand are charged with two counts of second-degree murder and two counts of the use of a firearm in commission of a felony. They are both being held without bond.
Both victims served as military doctors. They were described as "distinguished military veterans," Fairfax County Police Chief Kevin Davis said at a news conference on Wednesday.
“We’ve lost two brave, dedicated, life-long servants to our country,” Davis said. “Two full colonels were murdered in a residential neighborhood community.”
Edward was an internal medicine doctor in the Army from 1995 until his death, NBC Washington reports. Brenda McDaniel was a medical-surgical nurse in the Army from 1983 until her retirement in 2009.
Davis said at the presser that the couple were both slain in "cold blood" in front of their home. Two other individuals were inside the house during the shooting. They survived without injury.
Davis said Thursday that police believe that the motive was a dispute. He alleged that the suspects worked with a relative of the victims, according to ABC News. Police had been called to the McDaniels' home on Monday for a dispute and burglary report, an incident police believe is directly linked to the shootings. One of the suspects was allegedly at the home on Monday.
It’s not clear if either suspect has a lawyer.
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