The Fairfax County Police Department Public Affairs Bureau advised that:

On April 25, 2016 around 3:19 p.m., patrol officers from the Mount Vernon District were called to the South County Government Center located at 8350 Richmond Highway for a suspicious event report. Staff from the Government Center explained to officers that a woman had walked in and reported a deceased man was in her apartment.

Officers and paramedics with the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department responded to the residence located in the 5300 block of Bedford Terrace in the Alexandria area of Fairfax County, along with the woman, where an unresponsive adult male with trauma to the upper body was located. The man was confirmed deceased and detectives were summoned to assume the investigation.

At this time, the woman is being held for questioning and the preliminary investigation has revealed that there was a prior relationship between her and the victim.

The identity of the victim is being withheld pending next of kin notification and the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner will determine cause and manner of death.

There is no threat to the public at this time and anyone with information is asked to contact Fairfax County Crime Solvers electronically by visiting 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.

Yesterday (April 26, 2016), at 5:42 p.m., the Fairfax County Police Department Public Affairs Bureau released an update to the homicide investigation and advised that:

The victim of the homicide in the 5300 block of Bedford Terrace has been identified as 51-year-old, Raymond A. White, of no fixed address.

Police have charged Jessica R. Deneal-Whalen, 27 of Alexandria with 2nd Degree Murder.

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After a night-long investigation, detectives determined the victim and suspect were together at the residence and Whalen became upset and assaulted White. The victim’s injuries appear to have been caused by strangulation. The exact cause and manner of death will be determined by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.