Fairfax County Police charged a 19-year-old with the murder of a chef who was catering a wedding at the Ellanor C. Lawrence Park Saturday night.
Kempton A. Bonds, 19, of Clifton, Maryland, is now facing second-degree murder.
At approximately 10:50 p.m., police say Bonds had an argument with 35-year-old Tyonne D. Johns, a self-employed chef.
A police spokesperson tells WUSA9 the first argument started over noise but calmed down. Then an argument started again, this time over chairs. Only this time around, things escalated. Bonds stabbed the 35-year-old chef multiple times in the torso with a knife, according to police.
Medical staff pronounced the 35-year-old dead at a nearby hospital. Police recovered the knife on scene but did not say what type or where it came from.
“Too much wickedness in the world today. We need love. Let's just love one another, 'cause that's the only way we're going to keep her alive. It's the love,” said Seymone Spence crying. Spence tells WUSA9 she and her partner were there Saturday and described the victim as one of her best friends.
Spence tells WUSA9 Bonds seemed wound-up and believes this could’ve been a crime motived by hate.
“He had no respect for us. The way he talked to us, the way he tried to dictate everything around us was just wrong,” she told WUSA9. Spence and her partner prayed and cried with friends at the church Johns also attended, the Empowerment Liberation Cathedral. It’s an inclusive church located in Silver Spring, MD.
"Always there to hug you, love you and it's just going to be very difficult 'cause we're so used to seeing her on Sunday,” said a Deacon of the church, Manuel Lawery-Perez.
The church’s Bishop also knew the victim well. She tells WUSA9 Johns had turned to her and the church family as she was turning her life around to become a professional chef.
"Very passionate about her business trying to make sure that she was making a difference,” said Bishop Allyson Abrams.
Police are looking into whether the 19-year-old suspect had any trouble on the job. Police are asking witnesses to come forward. Officials believe a pocket knife possibly on the suspect's body was used.
A police spokesperson says Bonds had been working as a seasonal Facility Attendant with Fairfax County Parks Authority for a little over a year, since July 2015.
The friends Bonds was supposed to room with in college this semester, attended a Sunday news conference. They used the word ‘frustrated’ after in an interview with reporters. "I feel like this extremely out of character for him. As of right now though, I feel not inclined to jump to any sort of conclusions right now,” said one of those friends.
“Chairs took my friends life. She ordered chairs and was just trying to get them back on the truck and he thought she was taking his chairs,” Spence cried out, angry and upset there is not a First Degree Murder charge.
Bonds is currently being held without bond on the Second Degree Murder charge. The Parks Authority terminated him immediately after the incident. A 19-year-old stabbed and killed a woman who was catering an event at a park in Chantilly, Va. on Saturday, according to Fairfax County police.