Parent of slain Germantown student speaks of his grief

WASHINGTON — Boy Scouts escorted the coffin of a Germantown, Maryland, teenager killed on the eve of his high school graduation.

They saluted as the hearse carrying 18-year-old Eagle Scout Artem S. Ziberov drove away from the church Saturday.

William Tewelow, told NBC Washington that grief over his stepson’s death comes in cycles, with the strongest feelings happening in the mornings.

He said that he is scared for what will happen during the next couple of days, when he no longer has to focus on things that need to get done.

“We’ll probably feel it more, but we’re learning to cope,” Ziberov said.

Artem, 18, and another Northwest High School student Shadi Adi Najjar, 17, were killed Monday, June 5. Their bodies were discovered inside a car, after reports of multiple gunshots in the 8200 block of Gallery Court in Montgomery Village, just south of East Village Avenue, around 10:45 p.m. The car was still running. The boys were due to graduate the next day.

Police said they were the targets of “multiple gunshots,” but would not say whether they were targeted or what they were doing before the shooting.  The Washington Post reported that audio of the gunfire was caught by a resident’s surveillance system and that about 22 rounds can be heard.

Detectives ask anyone with information to call 240-773-5070.

Watch NBC Washington’s coverage of the funeral:

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.

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