‘This is not a random event’: Three men indicted for murder of Maryland honor students [UPDATE]

The courts have indicted three Maryland men and charged them in the fatal shooting of two teens on the eve of their high school graduation, as reported by Germantown Patch.

A Montgomery County grand jury indicted Jose Ovilson Canales-Yanez, 25, Edgar Garcia-Gaona, 24, and Roger Garcia, 19, on murder, robbery, and weapons charges on Thursday, according to the Baltimore Sun.

As Crime Online previously reported, the trio allegedly shot Shadi Najjar, 17, and Artem Ziberov, 18, as they sat in their car on June 5. The three men allegedly lured Najjar and Ziberov to the murder location under the pretense of wanting to buy a commencement ticket.

Instead of purchasing tickets, investigators said the men fired more than 30 rounds at the Germantown teens. The pair died from their injuries at the scene.

Police believe the fatal shooting was revenge for Najjar stealing drugs and an iPad from Kara Yanez, Jose Canales-Yanez’s girlfriend. However, they are unsure whether Ziberov’s murder was connected to the robbery or if his death was incidental.

“This is not a random event. We do believe that the suspects and the victims knew each other,” Capt. Darren Francke said.

One of Najjar’s friends claimed Najjar stole drugs from a woman during a drug transaction in December or January. On December 14, 2016, Yanez told investigators that she was walking when a blue Honda Civic approached her. She said a front-seat passenger snatched her iPad before she was dragged by the car about 50 feet.

The slain teen’s father, Adi Najjar, denied those allegations, saying his son was killed because he refused to join the gang that later took his life.

Canales-Yanez, Garcia-Gaona, and Garcia were charged with murder and conspiracy on June 17 and held without bond.

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