2 charged in fatal double shooting in Springfield were co-workers of victims’ relative

Two people are facing a total of eight felony charges, including murder, in the fatal double shooting Wednesday of a military couple in Springfield, Virginia.

D’Angelo Strand, 19, of Fort Washington, Maryland, and Ronnie Marshall, 20, were arrested Thursday, in connection with the death of Edward McDaniel Jr., 55, and his wife, Brenda McDaniel, 63, both of Springfield.

Police said that the men were co-workers of a relative of the victims.

Police had been looking for a vehicle that they said was key in their investigation, and they asked the community for help in locating it. On Thursday, just before 7:30 a.m., police got a tip that the car was at business in Lorton, Virginia.

Police found the vehicle and took the operator, Strand, into custody. Strand has been charged with two counts of second-degree murder and two counts of the use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

At 1 p.m., police told news outlets that there was an active murder arrest warrant for Marshall. At 2 p.m., law enforcement spotted him in the Alexandria section of Fairfax County. He is charged with two counts of second-degree murder and two counts of the use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

Police said they believe the shooting Wednesday on the 8000 block of Flint Street near Redman Street was a “follow-up and related to the interactions Monday,” when police responded to a call for service and conducted an active burglary investigation.

Police Chief Kevin Davis said they know that at least one of the two men was at the home on Monday.

Davis said the motive is currently believed to be a dispute, and police are working to figure out what it was about.

Maj. Ed O’Carroll, bureau chief of Major Crimes Cyber and Forensics for Fairfax County police, said the investigation is ongoing.

“As of this moment, we have not located the firearm, but we have a lot of work to do. I mentioned the vehicle that’s now in our possession. We got a lot of things to follow up on. We want that firearm … This case does not close with these two arrests and these multiple charges. In some aspects, it’s just beginning,” O’Carroll said.

He’s asking anyone with information on what happened to call police at 703-246-7800

The McDaniels were both colonels, and Edward McDaniel was still active with the Army and was an Army doctor. Brenda McDaniel, who was retired, was a nurse. Police had earlier said that she was a doctor.

Editor’s note: The story has been updated with Brenda McDaniel’s occupation.

WTOP’s Jack Moore, Michelle Basch and Will Vitka contributed to this report. 

Abigail Constantino

Abigail Constantino started her journalism career writing for a local newspaper in Fairfax County, Virginia. She has a master’s degree in interactive journalism from American University and a master’s degree in English Literature from The George Washington University.

Rick Massimo

Rick Massimo came to WTOP, and to Washington, in 2012 after having lived in Providence, R.I., since he was a child. He went to George Washington University as an undergraduate and is regularly surprised at the changes to the city since that faraway time.

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