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Two Men Found Guilty of Killing Northwest Students



After a month-long trial, it took a Montgomery County jury a relatively short time to return a guilty verdict on Monday and convict two men on all counts in connection with the murder of two Northwest High School students.

The jury found both Edgar Garcia-Gaona and Rony Alexander Galacia guilty on all counts of the indictment, including two counts of first-degree murder, and conspiracy to commit first-degree murder of Shadi Najjar and Artem Ziberov as they sat in Najjar’s blue Honda Civic on Monday, June 5, 2017, on Gallery Court in Montgomery Village.


“I am extremely proud of two magnificent and talented and extremely dedicated assistant districts attorneys Marybeth Ayres and Jessica Hall for trying this case on behalf of the government,” said State’s Attorney John McCarthy at a press conference Monday afternoon. “This case took one month, and an enormous amount of energy and preparation went into this case.”

The Montgomery County Circuit Court jury found that Garcia-Gaona and Galacia conspired to kill Najjar and Ziberov by luring them with the intention of purchasing a ticket to the next morning’s graduation.