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Police: 31-Year-Old McLean Woman Found Shot to Death in November

Information released Wednesday following an inquiry from McLean Patch.

Fairfax County police are investigating a fatal shooting in the Chesterbrook Woods area of McLean. Patch file photo
Fairfax County police are investigating a fatal shooting in the Chesterbrook Woods area of McLean. Patch file photo

Fairfax County police are investigating a pre-Thanksgiving shooting in the Chesterbrook Woods community, McLean Patch has learned.

The shooting occurred at about 7:38 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 22, in the 5800 block of Bermuda Court, police spokesman Bud Walker told Patch in an email.

Grace Marquardt, 31, was found dead from an apparent gunshot wound to the upper body, he stated.

The cause and manner of the death remained under investigation as of Wednesday.

Police do not consider this incident to pose any threat to the general public, Walker stated.

SuperG December 04, 2013 at 04:37 PM
Any mention of possible suicide? Or as a homicide?
Jason Spencer (Editor) December 04, 2013 at 04:46 PM
No word on that. I put pretty much every detail I had in the story.
Jason Spencer (Editor) December 05, 2013 at 05:37 PM
Again, everything I know I put in the story. Virginia isn't like any other state I've worked in, where I could access the actual incident report and get information that way. So I'm often (not always) bound by what the police will say. If I find out anything new, I'll write a follow-up story.
McLparent December 10, 2013 at 09:14 AM
Most shooting suicides don't involve shootings to the chest. Those who commit suicide with guns usually shoot into their heads.
Stefanie Osgood December 14, 2013 at 04:17 PM
Any update on if anyone has been arrested?
Jason Spencer (Editor) December 14, 2013 at 10:10 PM
Not as of Friday. I made three inquiries about this just last week.
SuperG December 15, 2013 at 08:52 PM
There was an announcement in one of our neighborhood email lists that the death was the result of an "accident involving a firearm." With the dearth of details, it seems pretty odd.
McLean Mom December 20, 2013 at 09:06 AM
The date of the incident/death in this article is likely inaccurate. After 7:30pm Saturday, Nov 23rd, 5+ police cars, 1 ambulance, 1 firetruck came to this address. One police car parked across Brookside Road (at Bermuda Ct, across from this house), entirely blocking passage on Brookside Rd. The police remained at the house until 1:00am Saturday night (technically Sunday morning).
McLean Mom December 20, 2013 at 09:09 AM
The neighbors are concerned and wondering whether there is an active police investigation underway as there seem to be no details on this death except from this one McLean Patch article. Grace babysat for multiple neighbors in Chesterbrook Woods.
Jason Spencer (Editor) December 20, 2013 at 09:43 AM
Regarding the time and date of the incident, what I reported was in what little information I've been able to get out of police. I've just asked them to double-check the time and date. I understand the neighbors' concerns. As of 9 a.m. today, police were unable to provide any new information.

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