Vinay K. Bhatia

Vinay K. Bhatia was an 18-year-old clerk from Fairfax who was fatally stabbed by 37-year-old Raheem Abdul Muhammad in a botched robbery at the Hess gas station in the Hybla Valley on September 9, 1989.[1][2]

Bhatia was found in a back room of the station with a single six-inch stab wound in his chest. He was transported to Mount Vernon Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.[1]

Bhatia was not even supposed to be there that day; he normally worked at the Hess station in Annandale and was called in on his day off to substitute for another clerk.[1]

While Muhammad got away from the robbery with $329 of the store's reciepts, he missed the nearly $1000 Bhatia had in his pocket.[2]

A 1988 graduate of Fairfax High School, Bhatia worked sometimes as many as three jobs, saving money to open his dream business: a Subway sandwich shop.[1][2][3]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "Fairfax Man is Slain." The Washington Post (pre-1997 Fulltext): e07. Sep 11 1989.ProQuest. Web. 9 Sep. 2016.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Brown, DeNeen L. "Va. Man Convicted in Fairfax Slaying." Washington Post. The Washington Post, 30 Jan. 1990. Web. 09 Sept. 2016.
  3. Brown, DeNeen L. "'The Death Was Not Only Tragic, but Senseless'" Washington Post. The Washington Post, 14 Dec. 1989. Web. 09 Sept. 2016.