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Ex-boyfriend charged in death of woman in suitcase

Ex-boyfriend charged in death of woman in suitcase

An ex-boyfriend has been arrested in connection to the killing of a woman whose body was found stuffed in a suitcase last week in CT, police said.

Javier DeSilva, 24, was arrested in Queens Monday night for allegedly murdering Valerie Reyes, 24, of New Rochelle, New York, Greenwich Police Capt. Robert Berry said at a press conference Tuesday.

The arrest of da Silva may not come as a surprise to law enforcement experts who have predicted that Reyes' killer was known to her.

Her body was discovered six days later in a red suitcase on the side of a road in a wooded area of wealthy neighborhood Greenwich, Connecticut.

Detectives from her hometown, accompanied by detectives from the town where she was found, arrested a "suspect in NY who had fraudulently used the ATM card of victim Valerie Reyes", they said in an official statement.

"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". William F. Sweeney Jr. said in a statement.

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

Police say they have examined hundreds of hours of surveillance footage in the case and interviewed several potential witnesses. "I'm paranoid, mommy. I'm getting anxiety attacks'".

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Connecticut-based news journalist John Craven reported Da Silva admitted to his role in Reyes' death, telling investigators the pair had sex before "she fell to the floor and hit her head".

The ex-boyfriend of the NY woman whose body was found inside a suitcase in CT is held without bail on a charge carrying a potential death penalty.

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.

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

According to the Hartford Courant, a man who identified himself as Reyes' boyfriend wrote before she was found dead that people should contact him if they had any information about her disappearance.

Said Sanchez: "We wonder, 'Who made her feel this way?'" I kept praying that she would tell me, she would give me hints, a name or something ... He said Reyes wasn't afraid of da Silva. "She didn't mention no one specific", Sanchez said.

DeSilva is scheduled to make an initial court appearance in a federal court in NY on Tuesday.