Ex-boyfriend charged in death of New Rochelle woman

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An ex-boyfriend has been arrested in the death of a New Rochelle woman found dead in Greenwich, Connecticut.

Police say Javier Da Silva, of Flushing, Queens, has been charged in the killing of 24-year-old Valerie Reyes. Prosecutors say Da Silva is not a U.S. citizen.

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They say Reyes was killed at her home in New Rochelle, and then was bound and stuffed inside a suitcase, and then tossed down an embankment off busy Glenville Road at the border of Port Chester and Greenwich. She hadn't been seen by her family since Jan. 29, and her body was found on Feb. 5.

The arrest came after detectives say someone used the victim's debit card to withdraw $1,000. Authorities then pinpointed Da Silva's license plate and followed him to Queens. Da Silva has been formally charged with kidnapping with a death result.

According to the arrest warrant, Da Silva claims Reyes fell and hit her head at her apartment on Jan. 29. Police say security cameras caught Da Silva leaving his apartment with a duffel bag.

The warrant also says Reyes had visible bruises and her mouth was taped shut.

Da Silva is being held without bail. His next preliminary hearing is scheduled for March 13.

The case is being handled by the U.S. Attorney for Southern District of New York.

Last week, Reyes' mother, Norma Sanchez, told News 12 her daughter she had struggled in the days before she went missing due to a failed relationship. The relationship was not with the suspect. Sanchez said her daughter had just broken up with a boyfriend, and said she feared for her life the day before she disappeared. She says her daughter told her, "Mommy I just feel like I need to go back to therapy because I'm really scared, I'm having anxiety attacks again."

Family and friends of Reyes braved snow and rain to attend her wake Tuesday afternoon.

A funeral was scheduled for Wednesday morning at St. Gabriel's Church of New Rochelle.


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