(WJLA) - Six people have been arrested in connection with the murder of Kenny Diaz, the Woodbridge High School student who was found stabbed to death Saturday inside a Prince William County park.
Diaz, 18, was found stabbed and badly wounded Saturday afternoon inside Marumsco Acre Lake Park in Woodbridge. He later died at an area hospital.
Prince William County Police officials say that six people, who range in age from 19 to 26, were all arrested on Monday in connection with Diaz's death. One of the suspects is charged with his murder, while all six face abduction charges.
Authorities say that 19-year-old Diandra Janae Samuels, who is charged with the murder, had previously robbed a friend of Diaz earlier in September.
The victim and his friends later planned to confront Samuels at her home. During that encounter, one of Samuels friends, identified as 26-year-old Dominic Smith, pulled out a gun and assaulted a friend of Diaz, officials say.
While others fled the scene, police say Samuels assaulted Diaz, forced him into a car, drove him to the park and stabbed him.
Authorities believe that the entire string of incidents that led to Diaz's murder are drug related.
In total, six people, including Samuels and Smith, are charged with various crimes in connection to the murder. They include:Name Age Hometown Charges Diandra Janae Samuels 19 Woodbridge Murder, aggravated malicious wounding, abduction, armed robbery, firearm charges Dominic Glenn Smith 26 Woodbridge Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, abduction Deneen Antoinette Williams 29 Woodbridge Abduction Renee Claytor Caples 22 Woodbridge Abduction Teena Marie Gerbozy 24 Woodbridge Abduction Gregory Allan Bonds 22 Woodbridge Abduction
Diaz's death shook the Woodbrige High community, which wore red - Kenny's favorite color - on Monday to honor their slain classmate.
He was a linebacker on the school's football team and was widely regarded as an affable, friendly teen who was well-liked on the team and at the school.
“It's just really sad that someone I know died like that,” says Lidya Bryant, a Woodbridge High school student.