UPDATE: Detectives Say Homicide Victim Was Stabbed

Further investigation has determined this morning’s murder victim, Kieron Hart, was stabbed. Detectives continue to investigate what led to the incident.

Man Killed After Late Night Argument, Suspect Caught During Nearby Burglary

Franconia Police District – A man is facing murder charges after an argument early this morning in an alley in Springfield Plaza Shopping Center.

It began around 2:09 a.m. when officers were called for a report of a man lying on the ground outside in the 7200 block of Commerce Street in Springfield. An investigation shows the victim, Kieron Hart, 29, of Springfield, had severe injuries to the upper body. He was taken to the hospital and pronounced dead shortly before 3 a.m.

While investigating this incident, officers were notified of a commercial burglary occurring at a nearby pet store in the 6400 block of Springfield Plaza. They responded to that location around 2:30 a.m. and found a man inside the business. Jay Fasick, 30, of Springfield, was taken into custody, and driven to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Detectives believe the two incidents are connected and are looking into the circumstances surrounding the dispute. Preliminarily, the investigation shows after the argument in the alley, Fasick broke into the store. It is unknown at this point if or how the men know one another, and whether Fasick was injured during the argument or the burglary.

More information will be released as it becomes available.

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