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Suspect: Road Rage Fight Was Two-Sided

UPDATED: Librado Cena, the suspect, has been placed on administrative leave from his position as the director of religious education at St. Leo the Great church in Fairfax.

UPDATE 2:14 P.M.: Church officials told WTOP Thursday that Librado Cena has been placed on administrative leave from his position as the director of religious education at Saint Leo the Great Catholic Church in Fairfax.

The Rev. David A. Whitestone told WTOP everyone at the church is "shocked and saddened" by what has happened.

"All of us are struggling to come to terms with this disturbing event," Whitestone says.

Whitestone says the entire church is praying for O'Brien's family members and everyone affected.

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The man charged in connection with the death of a Fairfax City resident following a road-rage dispute in front of Best Buy last month is a religious educator in Fairfax who told police the altercation was two-sided, not a simple assault on his part.

Librado "Lee" Cena, 57, of Fairfax, the director of religious education at Saint Leo the Great Catholic Church in Fairfax, has been released on bail ahead of a July 3 hearing for aggravated malicious wounding in connection with the death of 63.

The Office of the Medical Examiner reported earlier this week O'Brien died as a result of injuries he sustained in the April 16 incident and not because of a pre-existing condition, ruling it a homicide.

The Commonwealth Attorney's Office is reviewing the charges and may escalate them before the July 3 hearing.

Cena was still listed on the school's web site as the director of education Thursday, but employees said he was "not available" at St. Leo's on Thursday. St. Leo's employees would not confirm to Patch whether he was still working in his role at the church.

In interviews with police, Cena alleged both men threw punches after exchanging horn blasts on the road, according to The Washington Post.

The paper reported Cena said O'Brien honked at him at several red lights as they drove on Pickett Road near the Fair City Mall that day, possibly because he didn't respond fast enough when the lights turned green.

O'Brien allegedly pulled into his destination, the Best Buy store at 9652 Main St., parked his car and got out.

Cena followed him there. A surveillance video shows him striking O'Brien from behind in the head, prompting O'Brien to defend himself, the Post reported.

A witness broke up the fight and Cena got in his vehicle and drove off, the Post reported. Two hours after reporting the incident to police,  O'Brien called paramedics from home to report he was in distress with a powerful headache; he was unconscious and unresponsive when rescue crews arrived, according to the Post.

O'Brien died 10 days later, on April 26.

Family members of O'Brien reached by Patch declined to comment on the incident, citing the ongoing investigation.

See also:

  • Man Dies After Alleged Road Rage Incident in Fairfax City
  • Death of Victim in Best Buy Assault Ruled a Homicide
  • Best Buy Assault Victim Identified As William Hays O'Brien
Jennifer van der Kleut May 28, 2013 at 02:17 PM
To Scott and everyone - the case is now out of the police's hands. The police originally arrested him for assault/aggravated malicious wounding. When Mr. O'Brien died 10 days later, the case was handed over to the Commonwealth Attorney's Office. It is up to the Commonwealth whether or not to escalate the charges, and they are currently investigating and discussing that. Patch will certainly update when there is an update from the Commonwealth Attorney. Thanks to everyone for reading and commenting.
Hope May 31, 2013 at 11:44 PM
Why is everyone so uptight? Yes, a terrible act was committed by a good man, whom I am well acquainted with. It seems no one here has thought pf the possibility of extra evidence, such as te security tape, that we have not heard of or seen. No one here should be on the jury, since we all seem to have known one man or the other. It's blantantly obvious to me that we all seemed to have jumped to conclusions. No one knows what happened on the road prior to the incident centralized in the story. Yes, unfortunately, a good man passed away. Yes, unfortunately, the death was at the hands of another man. It's all very sad and very unfortunate. Two families have been shaken to their cores. And so have two communities. But we forget, while we all sit behind our computers or mobile devices that it's not up to us: it's up to the police department. It's not our job to try and rule Mr. Cena innocent or guilty: it's our job to support the families in their times of need. Leave the church and Mr. Cena's occupation out of the situation. Stop letting details you want to notice blind you from the true facts. God knows what Mr. Cena was feeling that day. He works very hard, for long hours. Maybe he was having an off day. No, that doesn't justify his actions, but it also gives some human characteristics to a man you all have seemed to immediately have demonized.
Ed July 05, 2013 at 11:27 PM
Anyone knows the status of this case? there was a hearing scheduled for July 3rd if I'm not mistaken. I want to make sure Cena gets what he deserves, at least 10 years. Met the guy, truly a selfish and arrogant person who was capable of harming people.
Mark Gibson July 18, 2013 at 12:19 PM
Preliminary hearing now set for October 1. Case status can be tracked for Fairfax County General District Court at http://www.courts.state.va.us/caseinfo/
Ed September 08, 2013 at 10:17 AM
To my unpleasant surprise, I have seen Cena several times in the morning driving his van to Saint Leo's in the morning. He wears the same Baltimore Ravens jersey every day. His smile is from ear to ear showing sarcastically how proud he is for being out. This individual is clearly sick and out of his mind. Ironically, his car license plate says "Choose Life", something he did not do for Mr. O'Brien. I wish I could go on October 1 and show my support to the O'Brien's, but I think I won't be able to make it. Please if others can, try to go and let's put this coward and mentally sick guy out of the streets.

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