Kenny Diaz death not a random crime, investigators say

WOODBRIDGE, Va. (WJLA) -- A single rose placed at the spot where 18-year-old Kenny Diaz was killed on Sunday is the reminder of a life taken far too soon.

"Very, very sad -- a lot of sympathies for his parents, family and friends," says Sandy Cassidy, who lives three houses away from Marumsco Acre Lake Park where the incident occurred.

She and her husband have lived in this Woodbridge neighborhood since 1971, and they say that although it's a nice neighborhood, there have been some changes recently. Mainly, the park has recently gotten a bad reputation due to drug activity.

"Sometimes, you do get cars coming here early in the morning or later at night," explains Sandy. "You know you're not supposed to be here after dusk."

At Woodbridge High School, Diaz’s classmates wore red to remember the senior linebacker. His coach tells ABC7 that Diaz was likeable and disciplined.

"It's pretty sad," says student Freddy Rios. "I just can't explain it."

"It was just last week we were just chilling, and now he's gone," says friend Andrew Collins.

Diaz was stabbed in the stomach and later died at the hospital. According to investigators, this was not a random crime -- Diaz was targeted.

Back at the neighborhood near the park, Cassidy’s husband Jim tells us he was there on Sunday and saw a silver car whizzing by, but didn’t think anything of it.

"He was going faster than what they normally do to come into the park," he describes.

Then minutes later, there were ambulance sirens.

"Probably ten to twelve medics working on him," he adds.

"One police officer came to my house to ask me if I saw anything. I told him about this silver car. He also wanted to know if I knew anything or saw anything about four or five African-American fellows," says Jim.