Illegal Alien Confesses to Murder of New York Woman: 'We Are Devastated'

13 February, 2019, 17:14 | Author: Wade Massey
  • Valerie Reyes

On the night of January 28, the last time Reyes' mother, Norma Sanchez spoke to her daughter, the panicked young woman told her she felt scared that something bad was going to happen to her, the Journal News, local news station WABC and The New York Times reported.

Reyes was fully clothed when she was found.

In their last conversation with each other, Sanchez said that Reyes told her she had feared for her life and that she thought someone was going to murder her.

The ex-boyfriend of the 24-year-old woman whose body was found stuffed in a suitcase on the side of the road in Greenwich, Connecticut, last week, has been arrested for allegedly killing her, PEOPLE confirms.

They said he indicated he put packing tape over her mouth, bound her legs and hands, and put her in a suitcase that he put in a forest after driving for some time.

Javier de Silva, 24, was arrested Monday night in Queens, New York, police told ABC News.

De Silva was arrested in NY and the U.S. Attorney's office in Manhattan will reportedly handle the prosecution of the crime. "I was praying her family would have her back", neighbor Brenda DeGiacomo said.

The arrested person "is also believed to be involved in the death of Valerie", Greenwich police said.

Da Silva - a Venezuelan citizen living illegally in the NY borough of Queens after overstaying his visa - was arrested Monday night.

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Police said they have examined hundreds of hours of surveillance footage in the case and interviewed several potential witnesses.

Reyes' mother, Norma Sanchez, said her daughter - who reportedly battled depression and anxiety - became paranoid shortly before disappearing.

Said Sanchez: "We wonder, 'Who made her feel this way?'"

Police say an arrest has been made in the slaying of a 24-year-old woman whose body was found stuffed inside a suitcase in CT.

"M$3 y daughter started getting really frustrated with him, and it ended quick", she told CBS New York's Tony Aiello.

Reyes had worked at a Barnes & Noble store in Eastchester, New York, since it opened 2 ½ years ago, according to the bookstore chain.

A wake for Reyes is scheduled for this afternoon and evening at the Lloyd Maxie and Sons Funeral Home in New Rochelle.

"At this unimaginably hard time, we are asking for love, support and respect to our family for the loss of my handsome daughter Valerie Reyes who is now resting in heaven", he said.

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