Man Gets 30 Years in Gang-Related Alexandria Park Death

Police say a group of men stabbed and killed their victim in a gang retaliation

Boris Castro

A Virginia man got 30 years in prison for the gang-related slaying of a man at a popular park last year, the Alexandria Commonwealth's Attorney's Office said.

Boris Elias Rosa Castro, 19, of Fairfax County, was sentenced to life in prison with all but 30 years suspended in the death of 22-year-old Eduardo David Chandias Almendarez. Castro pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in June.

Almendarez was found dead in Four Mile Run Park behind Cora Kelly School Dec. 4, 2015, six days after he was reported missing.

"The victim was set upon in a surprise attack and, according to the medical examiner's report, received at least 96 separate stab wounds, many of which would have alone proved fatal," Commonwealth's Attorney Bryan Porter said in a news release.

Edwin Alexander Guerreo Umana, of Arlington, who pleaded guilty in Octobertold police in April he and two others lured Almendarez to a McDonald’s to buy marijuana and then took him to the park.

According to court documents, Almendarez's death was revenge for his testimony in the murder trial of a gang member.

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