Kempton Bonds, a seasonal employee of the Fairfax County Park Authority, has been charged with second-degree murder in the killing of 35-year-old Tyonne Johns.
Johns, the owner of the Maryland-based catering company Chef Tyonne, was stabbed to death at the end of a wedding celebration held in Ellanor C. Lawrence Park in Chantilly, Fairfax County.
Investigators say Johns and Kempton Bonds clashed over the ownership of folding chairs used during the reception, with the caterer claiming they were hers and the 19-year-old arguing that they were park property.
Minutes later, police say the teenager pulled out a pocketknife and plunged it several times into Johns' upper body.
The 35-year-old chef was rushed to a local hospital, where she died from her wounds.
Seymone Spence, a bartender at the wedding reception and Tyonne Johns' close friend, said Kempton Bonds had been upset with the behavior of the wedding guests throughout the evening, and at one point he even shut off power at the venue and called police to make a noise complaint.
By the time police arrived at the scene at around 9.30pm, the incident had been resolved and the celebration had resumed.
Bonds remained at the scene and was taken into custody without incident. He was being held without bond at the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center Monday.