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Alleged MS-13 Gang Member Charged in Culmore Murder

Jose Antonio Gavidia. (Photo: Fairfax County Police Department)
Jose Antonio Gavidia. (Photo: Fairfax County Police Department)

An alleged member of the street gang MS-13 was charged earlier this month for the September murder of a Falls Church-area man, according to the Fairfax County police department.

24-year-old Jose Antonio Gavidia, of no fixed address, was arrested on Oct. 8 for the murder of 27-year-old Filiberto Felipe Paz Ramirez, who was found dead in a parking lot in Falls Church’s Culmore neighborhood during the early morning hours of Sept. 1.

Paz Ramirez’s body was found by Fairfax County Police Officers just after 2 a.m. in the area of 6018 Bellview Dr., Falls Church, who were responding to a citizen’s report of a male lying on the ground, according to a search warrant filed with the Fairfax County Circuit Court. According to the search warrant, the was a pool of blood around Paz Ramirez’s head.

Fairfax County police detective John A. Wallace interviewed three witnesses who provided accounts of what happened on the morning of Sept. 1, but withheld the names of the witnesses because they fear violence will come to them and/or their family by members of MS-13. Wallace, who filed the search warrant, refers to the witnesses as “Witness #1,” “Witness #2,” and “Witness #3.”

According to the search warrant, the first witness told Wallace that he was friends with Paz Ramirez and that they were together at a residence on Argyle Drive in Falls Church eating and drinking on the night of Sunday, Aug. 31. He told Wallace that their roommate, the second witness, was also at the residence.

The first witness also told Wallace that the second witness was friends with the suspect, Jose Antonio Gavidia. The first witness said he and Paz Ramirez were chased out of the residence by Gavidia after Gavidia and Paz Ramirez got into an argument.

The second witness told Wallace that he was awakened hours after the argument by a third witness because Gavidia was fighting with Paz Ramirez. The second witness said that he left the Argyle Drive residence and went to the area of 6018 Bellview Drive, a block away from the residence, and saw Gavidia stomp Paz Ramirez in the head and stab him multiple times in the neck.

According to the search warrant, the second witness said that the third witness was also present during the attack and that all of them fled the area and went to an abandoned house located on the 3400 block of Charles Street in Falls Church.

The second witness told Wallace that Gavidia removed his tennis shoes and threw them in the backyard of the house and that Gavidia and the third witness fled the Northern Virginia area to Houston, Tx. Eventually, Wallace interviewed the third witness, who said that they awakened the second witness to help Gavidia, who was fighting Paz Ramirez.

The search warrant does not say if the third witness said that they were present for the attack, but the third witness did tell Wallace that Gavidia beat and stabbed Paz Ramirez. The third witness also corroborated that they, the second witness and Gavidia went to an abandoned house and then fled Northern Virginia to Houston, Tx.

Fairfax County police searched the abandoned house and found several items of evidence, some of which appear to have blood transfer on them, according to the search warrant. Wallace filed a search warrant on Thursday, Oct. 23, to obtain DNA evidence from Gavidia and said that they evidence could help bolster the case.

Gavidia is currently incarcerated at the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center, where he is being held without bond.