Damaris Alexandra Reyes Rivas, 15, of Virginia, was found brutally murdered by an 17-year-old girl. The two had allegedly been dating the same gang member, and blamed each other for his death. The accused, Venus Romero Iraheta, 17, had apparently forced her victim to stand in ice cold water, before cutting off her tattoo, and stabbing her 13 times.
Rivas and Iraheta were both dating a gang-leader wannabe, when the 21-year-old male was killed a few days prior. Iraheta, believing Rivas had something to do with his murder, set the girl up for the stabbing. A mutual friend, who is also being charged with murder, 18-year-old Jose Castillo Rivas, had picked up Rivas from her house, leading the younger girl to believe they were going to smoke marijuana, when Iraheta ambushed her.
The Daily Mail reports:
However, she was instead driven by the gang member – 18-year-old Jose Castillo Rivas, who is also charged in the death and had a preliminary hearing Thursday – to an abandoned area near Springfield’s Lake Accotink Park, where she was questioned by Iraheta about her relationship with Christian Rivas and where he was.
The lake is about two miles from the industrial park where Damaris’ body was found.
The 15-year-old was forced to take her shirt and shoes off, then stand in icy water and snow so she would ‘feel as much pain as Christian.’
Uribe told the court Damaris then confessed to having a sexual relationship with the missing 21-year-old, before telling her abductors to call another MS-13 member to get more information about where Christian was.
Furious, Iraheta then allegedly knocked her 15-year-old to the ground and stabbed her, before sending a final message to her victim.
‘Venus told her she would never forgive her and told her she would see her in hell,’ Agent Uribe told the court, according to the Post.
‘She would never forget her name.’
Investigators have previously said they believe the gang members filmed Damaris’ final moments.
A total of 10 people have been charged over the death, including five with murder.
Iraheta sat silently in the courtroom on Thursday as Uribe told the court all the alleged, horrible details of the murder.
Meanwhile, the victim’s mother was seen wiping away tears at various points.
She did not speak to the media on Thursday, but Maria Reyes previously told the Washington Post she had moved with her daughter to the US to flee violence like what is alleged.
‘I didn’t know people like that existed in the United States,’ she told the newspaper in March, referring to the MS-13 gang.
‘I thought it was super safe to have my daughter here with me.’
She also told NBC News4 after her daughter’s body was found that the 15-year-old was a ‘truly sweet’ person.
The current hearing is to determine whether or not Iraheta should be tried as an adult.
Police believe the murder of Christian Rivas was the result of a power struggle, as the 21-year-old had reportedly claimed to be the leader of a local chapter.