Ar­rest made in slay­ing of teenager in Fair­fax

The Washington Post - - METRO - — Martin Weil

A sus­pect was ar­rested Tues­day in the fa­tal shoot­ing of a teenager last month in Fair­fax County, po­lice said.

Matthew Ortega, 17, was found Feb. 14, in the 13500 block of Jeb Stu­art Square in the Cen­tre­ville area on Feb. 14, po­lice said. He had been shot once in the up­per body.

Po­lice said Tues­day that Uriel Jos­aphat Espinosa Cruz, 18, of Fair­fax was ar­rested “for mur­der and use of a firearm in the com­mis­sion of a felony.”

No mo­tive has been given, but the shoot­ing was not thought to be a ran­dom in­ci­dent, po­lice said. They also said their in­ves­ti­ga­tion was con­tin­u­ing.

Ortega lived near where he was found. In a mes­sage posted on­line af­ter his death, fam­ily mem­bers de­scribed him as a son, brother and un­cle and said he was loved by many.

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