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Man Pleads Guilty in Death of Virginia Teen Gunned Down on Way to School Bus Stop



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    One of three men charged in the shooting death of a Virginia high school student pleaded guilty Monday.

    Danny Centeno Miranda, 17, a sophomore at Park View High School, was gunned down last September as he walked to a school bus stop in Sterling.

    Juan Moises Aguirre Zelaya -- who was charged with possession of a firearm by a person who is not a citizen of the United States and accessory after the fact -- pleaded guilty Monday. 

    Police say Zelaya, Henry Ernesto Dominguez Vasquez and the 17-year-old gunman were gang members who believed they were killing a member of a rival gang.

    Zelaya lived in the same townhouse complex as Miranda, who moved to the U.S. from El Salvador in late 2013 to escape danger in his home country and to live with his aunt, uncle and cousins, Miranda's family said last year.

    After the shooting, the gunman ran into a home, detectives said. Zelaya admitted to throwing away shell casings, and the gunman used Vasquez' cell phone to call gang leaders in El Salvador to tell them what they had done, police said.

    Investigators found the alleged murder weapon inside a freezer, wrapped in foil inside a carryout food container.

    A spokeswoman for the Loudoun County Commonwealth's Attorney's Office said details about Zelaya's plea deal will be released at a later date.