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Ex-boyfriend held in death of woman in suitcase

13 February 2019

Javier Enrique Da Silva Rojas was detained Tuesday in the death of Valerie Reyes after a federal court appearance in White Plains, New York.

Robert Berry released a statement saying a suspect "believed to be involved" in her death has been arrested and later identified him as de Silva during a press conference.

Of note, CBS reported Da Silva being a Venezuelan citizen being in the country illegally after having overstayed his visa.

Reyes lived alone in a basement apartment in New Rochelle and suffered at times from anxiety and depression, WABC reported.

"Multiple crime scenes had been examined, hundreds of hours of surveillance footage had been reviewed, and numerous interviews of potential witnesses had been conducted", Berry said.

Greenwich police Tuesday identified the suspect in the killing of Valerie Reyes as Javier DeSilva, who was arrested in Queens, N.Y.

"We are confident that the pursuit of justice for Valerie will be successful and we continue to work with the family to provide closure to this tragedy, " Berry said in a written statement. "Safe Streets Task Force", said New Rochelle Deputy Police Chief Robert Gazzola.

He was described as being cooperative during his interview.

The aspiring tattoo artist disappeared one day after telling her mum that "somebody is going to murder me".

Valerie's mother Norma last week told reporters she could not move past the conversation she had with her daughter the night before she went missing.

'She didn't mention anything. They say he said he then tied her and put her in a suitcase. "I'm paranoid, mommy. I'm getting anxiety attacks'". "I was praying her family would have her back", said Brenda DeGiacomo.

Reyes, who worked at a Barnes & Noble in Eastchester, N.Y., planned to train to become a tattoo artist and liked to sing.

"I asked her why do you feel this way?"

Reyes' mother said that Reyes supported da Silva while his mother was dying of cancer.

During questioning, DeSilva allegedly "admitted his role" in murdering Reyes, he said.

The victim's body was found on February 5 inside a suitcase discarded near a CT road by highway workers.

Highway workers found her body in a wooded section of Greenwich, about 10 miles from New Rochelle.

The official cause of Reyes' death has not been confirmed as the autopsy is pending.

"My daughter was a good soul", she said.

Federal authorities say Da Silva Rojas told authorities that Reyes fell to the floor and hit her head after they had sex on January 29 at her residence.

Ex-boyfriend held in death of woman in suitcase