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5 teens indicted in 'lynching' murder of 24-year-old man in Manassas

From left to right: Ebelin Jojana Lopez, Terrance Tyrese Martin, Seni Jimenez Blanco (Manassas City Police)

Five teenagers, including two females, were indicted Monday in the August murder of a 24-year-old man in Manassas.

Responding to a report of a shooting at 2:03 a.m. on August 30, officers found bullet holes in the front door of a home in the 10000 block of Massie Street.

Inside the home, officers found Reynaldo Eliazar Araujo with gunshot wounds. He died at the scene, according to a statement from the Manassas City Police.

On August 31 and September 1, detectives arrested an 18-year-old man and two 19-year-old women on robbery charges in connection with the murder case.

On September 5, a 17-year-old boy was arrested by U.S. Marshals at the border in McAllen, Texas. He was charged with conspiracy to commit murder.

All five were indicted for lynching, which the Virginia Code defines as “any act of violence by a mob upon the body of any person, which shall result in the death of such person.”

According to the police statement, the following five were indicted:

  • Terrance Tyrese Martin, 18, of Manassas. Charges: Conspiracy to commit armed robbery, lynching, wearing a mask in public, attempted armed robbery;
  • Ebelin Jojana Lopez, 19, of Manassas. Charges: Conspiracy to commit armed robbery, lynching, wearing a mask in public, attempted armed robbery;
  • Seni Jimenez Blanco, 19, of Manassas Park. Charges: Conspiracy to commit armed robbery, lynching, wearing a mask in public, attempted armed robbery;
  • 17-year-old male juvenile. Charges: Armed robbery, murder, lynching, wearing a mask in public, conspiracy to commit armed robbery;
  • 17-year-old male juvenile. Charges: Conspiracy to commit armed robbery, lynching, wearing a mask in public, attempted armed robbery.


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