Mystery of Man Shot on I-66 Ramp

Springfield family holds vigil to find young father’s killer

By Tonya LaFleur
|  Sunday, Jan 2, 2011  |  Updated 1:00 AM EDT
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Mystery of Man Shot on I-66 Ramp

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It looked out of place -- a man walking on an interstate ramp. But Virginia State Police soon realized that this was a victim of violence and not just a traffic hazard.

Shortly after midnight Monday, someone reported a pedestrian on the Nutley Street northbound ramp to I-66 east in Fairfax, Va.

Jabrill Mara, 20, was found leaning on a guardrail. There was no car nearby.

State police were surprised to discover that he had been shot. Mara was rushed to a hospital in critical condition. He died two days later.

Mara’s family and neighbors held a candlelight vigil in Springfield Saturday night. They hope someone who may have seen something that night will come forward.

“We just want to know what happened,” said Akrim Williams, Mara’s godmother.  “We just want his mother to have some peace about this. We want him to be remembered as good kid with a big smile and full of life.”

Mara was a standout football player at Lee High School.

He leaves behind a 2-year-old daughter.

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