Fairfax worker charged with fatally stabbing caterer at wedding

CHANTILLY, Va. (AP) — New details about a deadly stabbing after a wedding at a park in Fairfax, Virginia.

We’ve learned that the victim was a popular D.C. chef.

Police are still trying to pinpoint an exact motive in this case, but they say 19-year-old Kempton Bonds got into an argument about chairs before he stabbed Chef Tyonne Johns with a knife.

She died at a local hospital on Saturday night.

“It is our understanding that the police had responded prior to this incident, at about a violation. That call was apparently made by our suspect,” Monica Meeks, of the Fairfax County Police Department said.

We’re told that Bonds worked as a facilities attendant with the Fairfax County Park Authority, which means he assisted with preparing sites for events like Saturday’s wedding reception.

He has been with the Fairfax County Park Authority for about a year.

Spokeswoman Judy Pedersen said there were no red flags on his background check and she has no knowledge about any negative reports relating to his conduct.

“Well, I can speak for the park authority when I say that we express our condolences to the victim,” Pedersen said.

Bond’s friends, who are also in shock showed up to Sunday’s press conference to find out more about what happened.

“It’s unfortunate that the events of last night transpired the way that they did. We’ll definitely be keeping a close eye on this,” Nikolas Martin said.

Police say in a statement they’re holding 19-year-old Bonds of Clifton without bond on a charge of second-degree murder in the incident Saturday night at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, about 40 miles west of Washington. It’s not known if Bonds has an attorney.

 

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