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'Quiet Community' Reacts to Apparent Murder-Suicide

Neighbor said suspected shooter was 'always a very happy, energetic guy'

Lorene Perrin pulled into the Trevor House neighborhood after work Wednesday evening to find police cars filling the street.

She stood on the block she's called home for the past decade watching the police activity as she learned from fellow neighbors a shooting had occurred at 3051 Trevor House Drive, which Fairfax County Police are now investigating  men who lived there.

After learning police found one man dead upon their arrival, she witnessed county emergency personnel put another man in an ambulance to be taken to a local hospital.

"He didn't look good. He wasn't moving and had maybe four or five medics working on him," Perrin said. "I was just so surprised because this is such a quiet community."

The 27-year-old taken to the hospital, Alexander Aden Rios, died later in the evening from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Police said they believe Rios turned the gun on himself after shooting his roommate, 43-year-old Ihab Robert Qutob. Police, do not know the nature of the men's relationship beyond their status as roommates.

Anne Sumser, who has lived in the Trevor House neighborhood for about 20 years, said she has had several conversations with Rios while walking her dog around the neighborhood.

"He was always a very happy, energetic guy. Friendly. I guess you never know what's really going on," Sumser said. "It's a tragedy."

Though she admits the incident has shaken her, Sumser still feels safe in Trevor House. 

"It's a very quiet, very peaceful neighborhood. It's been a shock to all of us, but I don't feel less safe," Sumser said. "I'm just concerned about the people who were involved and their families. It's going to make it hard to sleep because I just feel really sad, but I don't feel unsafe."

Patch will continue to report on this story as more information becomes available.

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Robert F. Dorr July 26, 2012 at 02:20 PM
This appears to be timely and excellent coverage of a disturbing story.
Noe Marrero July 27, 2012 at 05:45 AM
OMG I went to school with Alex... we were pretty good friends... I just would never ever see him doing something like this... :( Im still in shock....
DP July 28, 2012 at 01:02 AM
Hmmm, that's odd, I never would have seen Bobby doing something to deserve this kind of evil. I've known Bobby for 15 years. Who do you think would have a better insight into their friend's behavior?

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