A Woodbridge High School football player was fatally stabbed Saturday at a Prince William County park, an incident that has left his friends and teammates struggling for answers and mourning the death of the 18-year-old linebacker.
Police said Sunday that they are investigating the killing of Kenny Joseph Diaz, who was stabbed in the stomach at Marumsco Acre Lake Park, east of Interstate 95 near the Occoquan Bay in Woodbridge. Officers responded at 3:15 p.m., police said, and Diaz was taken to a hospital, where he died.
In a news release, police said the stabbing “does not appear to be random,” indicating that Diaz might have known his attacker or attackers. Prince William County police asked for the public’s help in providing information about the attack, the fourth homicide this year in the large suburban county.
Diaz’s death shook the Woodbridge High School community over the weekend.
Woodbridge High School was on a real high after their victory over Stonewall Jackson High School on Friday night. The joy and celebration turned to horror as word spread of Kenny’s death Saturday afternoon. How does anyone make any sense of this tragic murder?
It’s going to be a rough few days for the Vikings and for Prince William County at large. We don’t like our young folks being killed. Diaz is the second football player from Prince William County to be murdered in recent years. Xavier Stringfellow, recent graduate of Battlefield High School was found murdered in a minivan in Fairfax County in December of 2012.
Psychologists will be called in to Woodbridge High School and probably any other school that requests them. Young people in particular have a difficult time with such untimely death. Parents, students, and staff will all have access to the team of psychologists.
The City of Manassas also had a student murdered walking home from school in 2011. Mickey Hernandez was stabbed to death in broad daylight by gang members. Mickey was not involved with gang activity. He was a good kid and well liked by students and teachers.
In the cases of Mickey Hernandez and Xavier Stringfellow, the killer(s) were apprehended and convicted. Whoever killed Kenny Diaz will meet the same fate. Meanwhile the community, Woodbridge High School, and Prince William County mourns the senseless death of yet another young man. Senseless violence, just senseless.