2 Maryland Teens Killed in Retaliation for Drug Robbery on Eve of High School Graduation

From left: Roger Garcia, Jose Ovilson Canales-Yanez and Edgar Garcia-Gaona.

Three men were arrested Saturday in the shooting deaths of two Maryland teenagers, according to the Montgomery County Police Department.

Shadi Najjar, 17, and Artem Ziberov, 18, were found shot to death in Najjar’s blue Honda Civic on June 5, the night before the two were set to graduate from high school.

On Saturday, police arrested Edgar Garcia-Gaona, 24, Roger Garcia, 19, and Jose Ovilson Canales-Yanez, 25, authorities said in a news release.

Officials said 30 shell casings were found at the scene. One of the teens was hit four times, and the other was hit 10 times.

Investigators said they think Najjar and Ziberov were killed in retaliation for a “drug-related robbery” that Najjar committed months ago.

During the investigation, a friend of Najjar’s told authorities Najjar had stolen drugs from a woman during a drug deal in December 2016 or January 2017.

The same friend told investigators Najjar told him he was going to sell Garcia a ticket to their graduation. According to police, it was the last communication Najjar had with anyone, about a half-hour before he was killed.

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SOURCE: CNN, Dakin Andone