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Police Charge Eric Kweder with Murder in Franconia

FCPD is charging a 34-year-old male with murder on Hydrangea Drive.

(UPDATE: 5:38 p.m.)

The victim, a 32-year-old male, was struck with a blunt object by a roommate, according to a recent news release from FCPD. The roommate, Eric Kweder, fled the scene after the incident.

After using police helicopters, K-9 units and civilian tips, police located the suspect within five miles of the scene around 2:30 p.m. Friday.

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Fairfax County police arrested 34-year-old Eric Kweder of 6000 block of Hydrangea Dr., and charged him with murder Friday afternoon.

Police had responded to a call reporting a suspicious death around 10:21 a.m. Friday. Kweder was apprehended about 5 miles from the scene of the crime Friday afternoon, according to MPO Eddy Azcarate.

Kweder is a resident of the home where the victim was found. PFC Bud Walker described the victim as an adult male. FCPD still has not identified the victim at this time.

Some neighbors didn't know what happened, and were trying to find out more information from officers on the scene. Pat Brooke, who moved into the neighborhood about 6 weeks ago, said he asked one of the officers what was happening when he drove onto the street and they told him there was nothing for him to worry about.

"I have 14-month-old twins. I went to rake the backyard and saw the helicopters and thought, 'This has to be serious,'" he said.

Earlier Friday morning, FCPD blocked the street, not allowing cars to come into the crime scene area. Walker said the officers were also questioning possible witnesses and talking to neighbors to find out if they saw or heard anything at the time of the crime.

For the original story, see:

UPDATE: Police Apprehend Suspect in Friday Morning Murder

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