Teen sentenced for 2016 murder, separate random shootings in Virginia Beach

Angelo Antonio Worlds Southside Daily photo/Courtesy of the Virginia Beach Sheriffs Office
Angelo Antonio Worlds Southside Daily photo/Courtesy of the Virginia Beach Sheriffs Office

VIRGINIA BEACH — A local teen will be spending perhaps his entire adult life in prison for killing a man in 2016 and the random shooting of three people.

Angelo Antonio Worlds, 19 years old, formerly of the 3200 block of Chesterton Court pleaded guilty and was sentenced Tuesday for first-degree murder, two counts of aggravated malicious wounding, Malicious Wounding, and four counts of use of a firearm.

Per the plea deal, Circuit Court Judge H. Thomas Padrick sentenced Worlds to 125 years in prison, with 50 years suspended, leaving 75 years to serve.

The murder

On Dec. 2, 2016, Angelo Worlds picked up co-defendant Nicholas Cates from his workplace, Taco Bell.

On Cates’ lunch break, the two drove around a nearby neighborhood in Cates’ Hyundai.

They stopped in the 1300 block of Hawk Avenue in the Cardinal Estates neighborhood.  Worlds told Cates to stop the car when he saw Zacarias Aguilar-Ayala sitting in a truck.

Nicholas Isaiah Cates (Southside Daily photo/Courtesy of the Virginia Beach Sheriff's Office)
Nicholas Isaiah Cates (Southside Daily photo/Courtesy of the Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office)

Worlds left Cates’ vehicle with Cates’ gun and shot Aguilar-Ayala several times, killing him instantly, according to the Virginia Beach Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office.

Prosecutors said Worlds and Cates went back to Taco Bell, where Cates continued working his shift.

Three other shootings

On Dec. 7, 2016, Worlds knocked on a front door in the 1100 block of Clubhouse Road.  When a resident went to answer the door, Worlds shot multiple times through the door, striking the man in the abdomen.  The victim was taken to the hospital with significant internal injuries, prosecutors said.

He was hospitalized for several months and underwent multiple surgeries as a result.  The victim was a stranger to Worlds.

Shortly after that incident, Worlds knocked on a front door in the 3200 block of Dunnbury Court.  A husband and wife were inside the home and asked who was at the door.

Worlds then shot multiple times through the front door, striking the woman in the head and shoulder and the man in the leg.  Both were taken to the hospital.  The victims were also strangers to Worlds.

During an interview with detectives on Dec. 9, 2016, Worlds confessed to being involved in the killing Aguilar-Ayala as well as the shootings on Dec. 7, 2016.   One of the guns used by Worlds was recovered from his attic during a search by police, prosecutors said.

Worlds and Cates were juveniles at the time of the offenses, but their cases were certified to the Circuit Court for trial as adults because of the seriousness of the crimes, prosecutors said.


For his role in Aguilar-Ayala’s murder and a separate murder in which he was the shooter, Cates pleaded guilty to first-degree murder, accessory after the fact- homicide, and use of a firearm, and is serving 50 years in prison.

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John Mangalonzo (john@localvoicemedia.com) is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.