Kenny Joseph Diaz stabbed, killed in Woodbridge

(Photo courtesy Diaz family)

WOODBRIDGE, Va. (WJLA) - Family, classmates, and teammates are mourning the death of a Woodbridge High football player found stabbed in a Prince William County park Saturday.

County police say they were called around 3:15 p.m. after someone discovered 18-year old Kenny Diaz stabbed and bleeding from the stomach at Marumsco Lake Park in Woodbridge.

Police say Diaz was taken to a local hospital, where he died.

Some of Diaz's family members came to the park Sunday night to lay a rose near the spot where he died.

"I still can't believe this happened," said Diaz's cousin Lucas Merida, who described Diaz as a helpful, fun-loving person who always had a smile on his face.

Diaz was a linebacker and fullback for Woodbridge's football team, which had just celebrated a big home win over Stonewall Jackson High Friday night. The next day, Diaz was killed.

"It's very tragic," said Woodbridge head football coach Karibi Dede. "Very unexpected, very sudden, and I think very shocking to everyone."

Dede said although Diaz was mostly used for special teams and didn't see a lot of playing time, he was a very supportive teammate and was well-liked by the other guys on the team.

"He was a very likeable young man, very coachable, well-disciplined. If you asked him to do something, he would do it," Dede said.

Dede says this week is going to be a tough one for Diaz's teammates and classmates.

Merida, his cousin, says Diaz loved football and was a huge Redskins fan. He says dealing with his cousin's death will be difficult.

"I still don't believe it, but it'll hit me later, I know that," he said. "It'll hit me hard."

Prince William County police say they are investigating Diaz's death as a homicide, and they do not believe the stabbing was a random attack.

They say they are still following up on leads, and are asking anyone who knows anything about the case to call them.

Police say this is Prince William County’s fourth homicide of the year.

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