Arrest Made in Manassas Teen's Death

Gainesville man charged with murder

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    NEWSLETTERS

    Darcy Spencer reports on the death of a Manassas 19-year-old, found in Vienna, Virginia. (Published Sunday, Dec 30, 2012)

    Fairfax County Police have made an arrest in the death of a 19-year-old Manassas man Friday evening.

    22-year-old Johnny Bonilla of Ganesville was taken into custody Saturday afternoon and charged with murder in the death of Zavier Stringfellow, of Manassas. Stringfellow's body was discovered at around 7 p.m. Friday behind the wheel of a minivan that had crashed into a barrier at the end of a service road off of Chain Bridge Road near Glengyle Drive. Authorities initially classified Stringfellow's death as suspicious before investigating it as a homicide.

    Police say that Bonilla and Stringfellow met on Friday evening for unknown reasons. The two men apparently got into a fight, also for unknown reasons, and Stringfellow was stabbed. It is not clear how Stringfellow ended up in the car where he was found.

    Stringfellow attended Battlefield High School in Haymarket, and was listed as a sophomore defensive end on the football roster at Division III Ferrum College in Southwestern Virginia. A college spokesperson confirmed that Stringfellow attended the school expressed "deepest condolences" on behalf of the school community.

    A candlelight vigil will be held at Battlefield High School Sunday evening at 5 p.m.

    Stay with NBCWashington.com and News4 for more on this developing story.