Wedding Caterer Stabbed to Death in Virginia During Argument Over Chairs: Police

A local caterer is dead after a 19-year-old man who worked for the Fairfax County Park Authority repeatedly stabbed her at the end of a wedding reception in Chantilly, Virginia, police say.

Fairfax County police said 35-year-old Tyonne Johns was working the wedding at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park on Walney Road Saturday night.

Kempton Bonds, a seasonal employee for the park authority, was also working at the wedding and was responsible for picking up trash and foldable chairs, police said.

Johns was packing up foldable chairs from the celebration into her company’s truck, authorities said. Bonds insisted that the chairs belonged to the park authority and not the company for whom Johns was working.

The two got into an altercation over the chairs, police said. Investigators believe the argument led to the stabbing.

Police said investigators found the 3-inch pocket knife they believe Bonds used in the stabbing. 

Johns was taken to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

Bonds stayed at the scene and was arrested and charged with second-degree murder. He is being held in the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center without bond.

The park authority said it has fired Bonds, pending the outcome of the investigation.

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