Homicide Investigation Underway after Man Found Deceased in Apartment

Mount Vernon Police District – Detectives from our Major Crimes Bureau continue to investigate after a 19-year-old man was found deceased last night inside an apartment in the 3100 block of Southgate Drive in the Alexandria section of Fairfax County. Officers responded at 7:12 p.m. after a family member found Ronald Worthy Jr., of Alexandria, suffering from apparent gunshot wounds to the upper body. Fire and Rescue personnel responded and pronounced him deceased. 

The investigation revealed Worthy was last seen by a family member yesterday morning. During a canvass of the neighborhood, several community members believed they heard gunshots in the early afternoon hours but no calls for service were received by the Fairfax County Department of Public Safety Communications. Cartridge cases were recovered inside the apartment. Detectives did not observe any obvious signs of forced entry into the apartment and do not believe this to be a random act of violence. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner will conduct an autopsy to determine the manner and cause of death. 

Anyone with information about this crime or who may have noticed anything suspicious is asked to please call our Major Crimes Bureau at 703-246-7800, option 3. Tips can also be submitted anonymously through Crime Solvers by phone – 1-866-411-TIPS (866-411-8477), by text – Type “FCCS” plus tip to 847411, and by web – Click HERE. Download our Mobile tip411 App “Fairfax Co Crime Solvers”. Anonymous tipsters are eligible for cash rewards of $100 to $1,000 dollars if their information leads to an arrest.    

Victim specialists from our Major Crimes Bureau’s Victim Services Division have been assigned to ensure that the victim’s family is receiving appropriate resources and assistance.    

This is being investigated as the 14th homicide year to date in Fairfax County. Detectives have made 10 arrests related to the 14 homicides.

In 2020, there were 6 homicides year to date. 

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