Venus Romero Iraheta was fifteen years old when she murdered a love rival in Virginia. According to court documents Venus Romero Iraheta and Damaris Alexandra Reyes Rivas had a common romantic interest in the same young man who had been murdered in the previous weeks.
Venus Romero Iraheta and a number of MS-13 gang members would bring the victim to a park where she was interrogated about the death of the young man before she was beaten and stabbed repeatedly causing her death. Police also said that Venus Romero Iraheta would use the same knife to carve a tattoo, a memorial of the before mentioned young man, off the victims body. This teen killer would make a full confession to police and would be sentenced to forty years in prison
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A 17-year-old Virginia girl allegedly killed a 15-year-old girl earlier this year by stabbing the victim in the stomach and neck 13 times, according to multiple reports.
According to The Washington Post, prosecutors alleged in court testimony Thursday that the suspect, Venus Romero Iraheta, used the same knife to carve away a tattoo on the skin of the victim, Damaris Alexandra Reyes Rivas. The tattoo memorialized a deceased alleged gang member with whom both girls had been romantically involved, prosecutors said.
Detectives alleged that Iraheta allegedly repeated her own name over and over again as she repeatedly stabbed Reyes Rivas on Jan. 8, according to the Post.
Venus Romero Iraheta, who will be tried as an adult following a ruling delivered Thursday, allegedly told Reyes Rivas that “she would see her in hell,” one law enforcement official testified, reports WUSA-9.
Iraheta is one of 10 suspects charged in Reyes Rivas’ death.
Police said Reyes Rivas ran away from her home in Gaithersburg, Maryland, on Dec. 10, 2016, after telling her mother gang members at her school had threatened her.
In court on Thursday, authorities alleged Reyes Rivas was picked up in a car and driven to Lake Accotink, where she was assaulted by a group of teens who made her stand in the snow without her shirt or shoes, according to NBC.
Investigators alleged the group questioned Reyes Rivas over the recent killing of Christian Sosa Rivas, who police say was Iraheta’s boyfriend.
The body of Sosa Rivas was found on Jan. 12 along the Potomac River in Dumfries, Virginia.
The Post reports that police think Venus Romero Iraheta blamed Reyes Rivas for Sosa Rivas’ death, believing the teen girl had drawn him to his killers.
Authorities allege the group then forced Reyes Rivas to stand in the frigid waters of a river. NBC reports a detective testified Thursday that the group allegedly wanted the victim to experience the same pain Sosa Rivas had endured.
Iraheta allegedly told investigators she sliced off a tattoo Reyes Rivas had gotten in memory of Sosa Rivas, reports WUSA-9.
Days after the killing, police said Venus Romero Iraheta left her home in Alexandria after she herself allegedly received threats from gang members. She was arrested when she returned a month later.
WUSA-9 reports that several of the suspects who have been charged along with Iraheta for their alleged roles in Reyes Rivas’ death also appeared before a judge Thursday for preliminary hearings. In each case, probable cause was found, meaning their cases will be sent before grand juries.
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A female member of MS-13 was sentenced to 40 years in prison Friday in the brutal killing of a 15-year-old girl.
Venus Romero Iraheta, 18, was convicted of murder in January 2018 in the 2017 slaying of Damaris Reyes Rivas.
She pleaded guilty to first-degree murder, abduction and criminal street participation earlier this year at the court Fairfax County, Virginia.
Prosecutors said Iraheta was one of the 10 MS-13 members and associates who met Damaris at Lake Accotink Park in Fairfax County, seeking revenge for the murder of her boyfriend, Christian Sosa Rivas. Reyes Rivas was a student at Watkins Mill High School in Gaithersburg, Maryland.
Earlier this year, an interrogation video recorded on Valentine’s Day 2017 showing her confessing to the crime.
Through a translator, Iraheta said she told Reyes Rivas: “’You’re going to remember me until the day we see each other in hell. Don’t forget my name.’ And I told her my full name and I told her my nickname. And I told it to her and I told her to never forget who I was. I told her, ‘Someday, we were going to see each other again.’”
When an officer asked what happened next, Iraheta replied in English: “I killed her.”
Iraheta said she stabbed Reyes Rivas about 13 times with a knife and sliced off one of her tattoos. The Washington Post reported another MS-13 associated stabbed her with a tree branch. The brutal slaying was recorded on a cellphone video and the court was shown the footage. Her body was eventually discovered after it was dumped under a highway overpass on the outskirts of Washington, D.C.
Maria Reyes, Reyes Rivas’ mother, told Iraheta in court Friday that the woman “destroyed” her life, the Washington Post reported.
“I want to say to this young lady that she destroyed my life. She destroyed the life of my daughter. She didn’t owe anything to you,” she told Iraheta through a translator. “My daughter is not in hell, as she said. She’s in heaven. She has shown me that in my dreams. . . . Hell will be lived by you, not by her.”
NBC Washington reported Iraheta cried in court, saying she would “give my life to bring her back. I am sorry.”
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