FAIRFAX COUNTY, VA -- Over 100 people attended a candlelight vigil for one of the victims of two homicide cases in Fairfax County that police believe may be linked.
The vigil for Henok Yohannes, 22, of Springfield, Va. was held a block away from his home, where he was found dead on Thursday night.
"Yeah, he was very friendly, a very friendly kid," said Fitsum Mhdre, who said he lived in the same neighborhood as Yohannes and watched him grow up. "Just have to pray for his family."
"He was a caring person. He was outgoing, charismatic, funny, loving person. He always had a smile on his face," said Nico Coneys, 18, who said he grew up on the same street as Yohannes.
Organizers of the vigil also set up a GoFundMe page to help Yohannes' family with the funeral costs. That page can be found here.
Yohannes was found dead inside his home Thursday night in the 6400 block of Blarney Stone Court in Springfield, Va.
Just over 12 hours later and just under two miles away, the body of Kedest Sileshi Simeneh, 22, of Springfield, Va. was found leaning against a tree in the backyard of a home in the 6500 block of Cordwood Court in Burke, Va.
A GoFundMe page has also been set up for Simeneh and can be found here.
Police said they believe the two cases may be related.
"Our detectives have been working since last night with the homicide in Springfield and they have discovered some details that appear to possibly link these cases," said Fairfax County Police spokesperson Ofc. Monica Meeks.
Police added they have no suspects in either case and are asking anyone with information to please contact them.