Three men have been indicted on murder charges by a grand jury over the death of two teens found slain inside a car the night before they were set to graduate high school.
Jose Canales-Yanez, 25, Edgar Garcia-Goana, 24, and Roger Garcia, 19, were indicted on murder, robbery and weapons charges on Thursday in Maryland’s Montgomery County Circuit Court.
The three men were arrested last month over the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Shadi Najjar and 18-year-old Artem Ziberov.
Authorities say the Northwest High School seniors drove to a location on June 5 expecting to meet someone who wanted to buy a commencement ticket.
Instead, the three men allegedly fired more than 30 rounds at them.
Police found the two teens riddled with bullets inside the parked Honda Civic and they were pronounced dead at the scene.
Najjar had been shot four times and Ziberov 10 times.
Montgomery County Police Chief J Thomas Manger said the killings may have been a revenge attack after investigators learned that Najjar was rumored to have committed a robbery in late 2016.
They linked the rumor to a report filed by Canales-Yanez’s then-girlfriend, who told police on December 4 that the passenger in a blue Honda Civic had grabbed her iPad and dragged her about 50 feet with the car.
The three men were arrested last month over the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Shadi Najjar and 18-year-old Artem Ziberov (above) on June 5. They were killed on the eve of their graduation from Northwest High School
Shadi Najjar was shot four times, while his friend Artem was shot 10 times. Police say they had driven to a location expecting to meet someone who wanted to buy a commencement ticket when they were shot dead
It is unknown if there was a motive for the killing of Ziberov, or if his death was incidental to the killing of Najjar.
Manger said that just before Najjar died, he texted someone saying he was going to sell the graduation ticket to Roger Garcia, who is also a Northwest High School student.
‘We’re certainly working on the strong possibility that this was a ruse to get the two victims to that location,’ Manger said last month.
Friends and family of the two honor roll teens were devastated by the news of their deaths.
The graduation ceremony went ahead at Northwest High the day after the two teens were found dead. Principal Jimmy D’Andrea held a moment of silence at the beginning of the ceremony for the slain students.
‘When I spoke to Artem’s mother this morning, while extremely upset, her words to me were “I hope everyone has a great celebration today”,’ D’Andrea said as the students struggled to compose themselves.
Police believe the killings may have been a revenge attack after investigators learned that Najjar (right) was rumored to have committed a robbery in late 2016. It is unknown if there was a motive for the killing of Ziberov (left)