Police ask for help identifying partygoers in GMU student’s death

WASHINGTON — Fairfax County Police are asking for the public’s help identifying some people who attended a party where they believe a 21-year-old George Mason University student was attacked.

Hosung Lee, known as Steven, was found dead in his family’s Centreville home on April 24 around 4:24 p.m.

According to court documents obtained by WTOP’s television news partner NBC Washington, Lee was beaten and stabbed by 10-15 people during a party at a home on Oxon Road in Herndon the night of April 23. His friends then drove him back to his home, and placed him in his bed.

Upon further investigation, detectives learned that officers had responded to the home earlier that night for a loud party complaint. Police say that detectives later went to the home and found it vacant and in disarray.

Police are working to determine if the attackers were gang members.

Lt. Brian Gaydos, recently with the department’s gang unit, says identifying members is not always easy.

“Gangs evolve … they evolve their dress styles, they evolve in either having tattoos or not having tattoos,” Gaydos said.

Police say detectives spent three days processing the crime scene and collected in excess of 700 pieces of evidence. Numerous interviews have been conducted and many more are anticipated.

Authorities say they believe some partygoers may have vital information to the investigation, and have released two images of people in attendance at the party.

Police ask anyone who might know the identity of anyone in the images to contact police at 703-246-4057. Callers may also contact Fairfax County Crime Solvers online by visiting their website or text-a-tip by texting “TIP187” plus your message to CRIMES(274637)** or by calling 1-866-411-TIPS(8477), or call Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131.

WTOP’s John Aaron contributed to this report.

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