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Murder manhunt continues in teacher’s killing, Craig Patterson is sentenced

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A popular music teacher in Alexandria, Va. was shot and killed Thursday at her home on Ridge Road. Another person at the residence was also injured.

According to, Ruthanne Lodato, 59, was the mother of three and director of Music Together Alexandria. The website on its main page has the news of Lodato’s death.

Alexandria Mayor Bill Euille made this statement about the tragedy –

"Yesterday we were shocked by the tragic events unfolding on Ridge Road Drive," said Euille. "Today, we grieve and we extend our deepest sympathies to the family and friends to Ruthanne Lodato, a beloved music teacher who touched many lives in this city. Our thoughts are also with the other victim [a caretaker was shot and is in the hospital] of this senseless crime."

A sketch has been made on the suspect. Alexandria Police Chief Earl Cook is encouraging the community to be careful but not be fearful if you see someone who fits the profile. The suspect is described as an elderly bearded white man.

A neighbor remarked, “This is the last place where I suspected a murder.”

According to sources, Alexandria has a low homicide rate and only five were reported in 2013. Citizens can call Alexandria police at (703) 746-6864 for any tips and remain anonymous.

Patterson Sentenced

Craig Patterson, 45, formally a 17-year veteran as an Arlington, Va. deputy sheriff, has been sentenced to six years in prison for the death of Julian Dawkins, 22, which happened last May.

Patterson fatally shot Dawkins due to an altercation. The verdict was no surprise since the sentencing had been recommended before.

The Washington Post gave this report –

The outcome was not totally unexpected; a jury had already recommended that Craig Patterson, who was off duty at the time of shooting and said he acted in self-defense, spend six years in prison. Visiting Judge William D. Hamblen simply imposed its will.

“The loss of a human life is beyond measure,” Hamblen told Patterson. “The loss to you is significant as well. Not nearly the same.”

More can be read on the report below.



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