UPDATE 11:48 a.m.: Two months after first responders found two dead brothers inside a smoking home, Pittsylvania County authorities announced that a man is in custody and facing murder charges in connection with the investigation.

The Pittsylvania County Sheriff’s Office says a neighbor in the 800 block of Old Mayfield Road in Danville placed a 911 call on Dec. 12, 2021 about smoke coming from a nearby residence.

After firefighters arrived at the scene at 15 West Prospect Road in Pittsylvania County and suppressed the fire, they discovered two bodies — later identified as Onesimo Fermin Silva-Garcia and Victor Alanzo Garcia-Mayorga, who are brothers from Mexico — inside the home.

Based on the evidence found at the scene, the sheriff’s office announced at the time that law enforcement officers were investigating the incident as an arson and homicide. 

The medical examiner’s office in Roanoke determined both men had died from gunshot wounds.

On Friday, Feb. 11, Pittsylvania County Sheriff Mike Taylor and Commonwealth’s Attorney Bryan Haskins held a press conference to announce that Omar Guevara-Rodriguez of Danville, had been arrested in connection with the deaths of Silva-Garcia and Garcia-Mayorga.

Guevara-Rodriguez has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder and is being held at the Pittsylvania County Jail at this time, officials say. His initial court appearance has yet to be scheduled at this time.

Numerous local, state, federal law enforcement officers, Prosecutors and their staff contributed to the investigation and arrests in this matter. These agencies include:

Pittsylvania County Sheriff’s Office; Pittsylvania County Commonwealth Attorney’s Office; United States Attorney’s Office Western District of Virginia; Danville Police Department; Virginia State Police; Federal Bureau of Investigation: Richmond Field Office and the Reno Nevada Field Office; Washoe County Sheriff’s Office, Reno Nevada; Drug Enforcement Agency; Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms; Homeland Security; Immigration and Customs Enforcement; and the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office Roanoke

Statement released on Feb. 11, 2022 by the Pittsylvania County Sheriff’s Office

You can watch the full news conference about this ongoing investigation by clicking here.


PITTSYLVANIA COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — The Pittsylvania County Sheriff’s Office plants to hold an online briefing to address the community Friday morning.

The sheriff’s office has not provided any details about the subject of this news conference, but this story will be updated as more information comes into the WFXR newsroom.