2 Charged with Murder in Sterling Fatal Shooting

Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office investigators have charged two men with first degree murder in the July 8 shooting death of a 24-year-old Winchester man.

The suspects are Gavin C. Collins, 21, of Sterling, and Joshua M. Hunter, 22, of Woodbridge. Both are both charged with first degree murder, conspiracy to commit robbery, and two counts of using a firearm while in the commission of a felony. Collins also is charged with possession of a schedule I narcotic, felon in possession of a firearm, possession of a firearm while in possession of a schedule I narcotic, an outstanding capias, and a probation violation.

According to the agency’s report, the victim, Jose I. Escobar Menendez, agreed to meet Collins in the area of Emerald Point Terrace in the early morning of July 8. Both Collins and Hunter showed up. A dispute occurred and Menendez was shot and killed when Collins and Hunter attempted to rob him. The suspects left the area in the victim’s car.

Menendez’s vehicle was located in Prince William County. A third suspect, Handy N. Colindrez, 24, of no fixed address, was arrested as part of the investigation. Colindrez has been charged with grand larceny.  

The investigation is continuing and additional charges are possible. 

All three suspects are being held without bond at the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center.

According to court records, Collins has prior felony convictions in Loudoun and Prince William counties. In 2018, he pleaded guilty to statutory burglary in Prince William County, resulting in a 10-year prison sentence with nine years suspended. In 2019, he pleaded guilty in Loudoun Circuit Court to possession of a controlled substance, getting a two-year prison sentence with all but three months suspended.

2 thoughts on “2 Charged with Murder in Sterling Fatal Shooting

  • 2020-07-16 at 10:24 am

    Whew! Glad all those new gun laws the dems passed last session sure helped out here. Oh wait.
    Every single one of those laws was aimed at law-abiding citizens, not a single one addressed criminal activity.

    Multiple felony convictions, year after year, nearly all of it suspended time, and he’s out running around with a gun. Another name to add to the list of murdered young people, failed by a criminal justice system that permits predators to roam our streets. Nabra Hassanen. Danny Centino-Miranda. And now Jose Menendez. In every case, 1000% preventable.

    • 2021-01-05 at 6:01 pm

      How is it 1000% preventable? Violence is human nature. We are products of our environment and our genes. Society failed Gavin C. Collins and Joshua M. Hunter, not the other way around. Unfortunately, we don’t have the technology to identify and eliminate the variables that lead Gavin C. Collins and Joshua M. Hunter on the path that they now follow. I’m not even sure we would have enough brain power to use the technology if it existed.

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