Murder Charge Filed in Fatal Ashburn Assault

A 24-year-old Ashburn man has been charged with second-degree murder after the victim in an Aug.14 assault died from his injuries. 

According to the Loudoun County Sherriff’s OfficeEver R. Cruz was arrested in Frederick, MD, following in investigation of an Aug. 15 case where a man was found critically injured at Waterpointe Terrace in the University Heights neighborhood. The victim, Pedro Casalez Cala, 38, of Ashburn, died from his injuries on Sunday.

Cruz initially was charged with aggravated malicious wounding. The new murder charge carries a sentence of five to 40 years in prison.

3 thoughts on “<strong>Murder Charge Filed in Fatal Ashburn Assault</strong><strong></strong>

  • 2022-08-23 at 5:06 pm

    If Ever R. Cruz is guilty of the crime, he should do serious time in prison. Not because society is vindictive. But because he must be held accountable & learn his lesson. To the family & friends of Pedro Casalez Cala, you have my sincere condolences. RIP

  • 2022-08-24 at 8:49 am

    This violent criminal was charged with Mob Assault in 2019 in Ashburn. Violated his probation in late 2020. And then (allegedly) murdered this man in 2022.

    Why do we allow our criminal justice system to put these violent animals ahead of the safety of Loudouners.

    Criminals know they won’t face any serious punishment here in Loudoun. We deserve better.

  • 2022-08-24 at 10:16 am

    There have been 8 murders within 8 miles of my home in the last 8 years. One was barely 1/2 mile from home and two others were only 3 miles from home. There have been many other assaults and I hear about odd encounters around the neighborhood on a monthly basis. I witnessed one of these suspicious encounters involving a car following a young female jogger about a year ago. The jogger handled the event in a perfect, text-book manner! She saw the threat and responded perfectly.

    You must be aware of your surroundings and you must have a plan in case you are threatened. You are responsible for your safety and you are your own first responder. Make sure your family knows what to do as well. Be vigilant because there are threats out there.

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