Alexandria Police Department Investigates Homicide in the Landmark Area

Page updated on Sep 27, 2021 at 1:29 PM

Alexandria Police Department Investigates Homicide in the Landmark Area

For Immediate Release: September 27, 2021
Alexandria, VA – The Alexandria Police Department is investigating a homicide that occurred on Saturday, September 25, 2021, inside a business in the 100 block of S. Van Dorn Street.

Officers were called at approximately 7:45 p.m. for reports of a stabbing inside the BJ’s Wholesale Club and discovered an adult male with trauma to the upper body.  Officers and responding EMS attempted life-saving efforts, however the male was pronounced dead at the scene.

The adult male suspect remained at the scene until police arrived and was taken into custody without incident.  The victim and suspect were known to one another.

The victim is identified as Mr. Abiy Zemene, 29, from Silver Spring, MD.  The suspect, Mr. Rakibul Fakir, 33, a City of Alexandria resident, was charged with second-degree murder.

This remains an active investigation.  Anyone with information about the incident is urged to contact Detective C. Escobar at 703.746.6819.  You can also call the police non-emergency line at 703.746.4444.  Tips can be given anonymously.

For media inquiries only, contact Amanda Paga, Senior Public Information Officer, at or 703.746.6600.

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