3 arrested in double-slaying of Maryland teens

GAITHERSBURG, Md. (AP) — In a story June 18 about the killing of two teenagers, The Associated Press reported erroneously that they were killed June 12. The teenagers were killed June 5.

The story also said there was a rumor that one of the slain teens, Shadi Adi Najjar, had committed a robbery in late 2017. Police said the alleged robbery was in December 2016 or January 2017.

A corrected version of the story is below:

Police: 3 arrested in double-slaying of Maryland teens

Police in Maryland say they have made arrests in the slayings of two teens who were found dead the night before their high school graduation

GAITHERSBURG, Md. (AP) — Three people have been charged with killing two Maryland teens who were found dead the night before their high school graduation, and police said they believe the slayings were revenge for a robbery that one of the teens was rumored to have committed.

The three are charged in the deaths of 17-year-old Shadi Adi Najjar and 18-year-old Artem Ziberov, Montgomery County Police Chief J. Thomas Manger said at a news conference late Saturday.

The suspects were identified as 25-year-old Jose Canales-Yanez, 19-year-old Roger Garcia and 24-year-old Edgar Garcia-Gaona. Manger said each is being charged with two counts of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit first-degree murder. He said Garcia and Garcia-Gaona are brothers.

Manger said investigators learned from friends of Najjar that he was rumored to have robbed Canales-Yanez’s girlfriend last December, and was killed in retaliation. He added that, “we’re unsure right now if there was a motive to kill Ziberov as well, or if he was just in the wrong place at the wrong time.”

Najjar and Ziberov were found shot to death June 5 in a blue Honda Civic in Montgomery Village, they night before they were supposed to graduate from Northwest High School. Manger said Najjar had been shot four times and Ziberov 10 times. Amid the shattered window glass police found numerous shell casings, including…

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