Cops piece together motive of two men charged with gunning down military couple in front yard

Two suspects were arrested in Virginia on Thursday in connection with the brutal slaying of a military couple in their front yard on Wednesday morning. The husband and wife were highly decorated health professionals.

The alleged shooters were identified as 20-year-old Ronnie Keandre Marshall and 19-year-old D’Angelo Strand. The vicious murders took place just outside of Washington, DC.

“Two distinguished military veterans were gunned down in their front yard,” Fairfax Police Chief Kevin Davis stated during a news briefing on Wednesday. “[They] served our community for many, many years. And they were shot and killed in cold blood in their own front yard.”

Two individuals were reportedly inside the house during the shooting and survived uninjured according to police. The victims were shot multiple times.

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Edward McDaniel Jr. 55, and Brenda McDaniel, 63 were both shot to death as they stood outside their home. Police were called to the scene at 9:20 a.m. and arrived within two minutes. But it was already too late.

Fairfax’s Major Crimes Unit Commander Major Ed O’Carroll stated that eight felony charges have been filed against the suspects. They each face two counts of second-degree murder and two counts of the use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

The two men were tracked down after police received a tip from a local resident on Thursday concerning the location of the vehicle involved in the homicides. It was a light-colored 2018 Nissan Altima with Maryland license plates. They then took an individual into custody which then led to a second arrest. The gun used in the murders has reportedly not been located yet.

“Thanks to the community, we got our offenders,” O’Carroll declared. The commander also gave credit to U.S. Marshals for assisting in the arrests.

The husband and wife were both Army medical personnel. The husband was reportedly an active-duty colonel serving as a physician at Fort Belvoir. He was the director of executive medicine at the hospital. His wife was a retired military nurse in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps.

Edward McDaniel Jr.’s awards and decorations include “Meritorious Service Medals, Army Commendation Medals, Army Achievement Medal, Army Superior Unit Award, National Defense Service Medals, Iraqi Campaign Medals, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbons, and the Combat Medic Badge.”

Brenda McDaniel’s awards and decorations include the “Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medals, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medals, Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medals, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbons, and Presidential Service Identification Badge.”

“We’ve lost two brave, dedicated, life-long servants to our country,” Davis declared. “Two full colonels were murdered in a residential neighborhood community.”

The murders are thought to be somehow connected to an attempted burglary that occurred on Monday. Police have not determined what the motive was for the shooting yet, but they believe it had something to do with a dispute related to the burglary incident.

On a dispatch call placed to responding officers on Monday, it was reported that the caller and her husband were both upstairs with a shotgun in their home. “The subject” was allegedly down in the basement.

“Caller is advising the subject is after her son and that he is with them upstairs,” the dispatcher noted.

The suspects and a relative of the couple were co-workers. Police believe that at least one of the suspects was at the home on Monday when the alleged burglary took place.

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