Police arrest suspect in shooting of Mount Vernon teen


WASHINGTON, September 16, 2013 — Fairfax County police have a suspect in custody in the killing of 16 year old Gerard Gomez at a Marriott Residence Inn hotel located in the McLean/Vienna Virginia area, about 1 mile from the Tysons Corner shopping mall.

Alberto Blanco-Calzadilla, 23, turned himself in on Sunday night for the shooting, according to a news release from the Fairfax County Police Department. Blanco-Calzadilla has been charged with second degree murder.

Gomez was a junior at Mount Vernon High School according to his Facebook page. Officials at the school sent an email letter to parents and guardians of students at the high school yesterday, stating that counselors will be available at the school today for any student who feels like they need them. The school also released a statement describing Gomez as a very well liked student.

Witnesses told local news station WJLA that there had been a large party in one of the rooms at the hotel which later spilled into the parking lot.

A witness told WUSA9 that he had hear one shot and someone yelling about someone being dead.

Police told the local news station that officers had tried to resuscitate Gomez on the scene but were unsuccessful.

Police are still working on gathering information about the crime and as asking any witnesses to contact Crime Solvers at  1-866-411-TIPS/8477, e-mail at www.fairfaxcrimesolvers.org or text “TIP187” plus your message to CRIMES/274637 or call Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131.

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Lisa M. Ruth is Editor-in-Chief of CDN. In addition to her editing and leadership duties, she also writes on international events, intelligence, and other topics. She has worked with CDN as a journalist since 2009. Lisa is also President of CTC International Group, Inc., a research and analysis firm in South Florida, providing actionable intelligence to decisionmakers. She started her career at the CIA, where she won several distinguished awards for her service. She holds an MA in international relations from the University of Virginia, and a BA in international relations from George Mason University. She also serves as Chairman of the Board of Horses Healing Hearts, and is involved with several other charitable organizations, including Habitat for Humanity, The Boys and Girls Clubs of America, and AYSO.