Gang-Related Murder: 4 Adults, 6 Teens Suspects In Death Of 15-Year-Old Virginia Girl
Another gang violence case took the life of a 15-year-old girl from Maryland after her body was discovered earlier this week in Springfield, Virginia. Of the suspects in connection to the case, six are teens, while the four others are adults.
The teenager killed was identified as Damaris A. Reyes Rivas and her body was found at an industrial park in Virginia. She was originally from Gaithersburg, Maryland and authorities said she might have been taken to the area against her will.
Police also said she was assaulted before she was killed. It is believed the crime happened on Jan. 8, CBS News reported.
Nine suspects were already arrested. It appeared they know each other and are linked to a gang. Police said, however, not everyone is directly involved in the murder.
The nine were charged with abduction and gang participation, but additional charges are expected. A 10th suspect is still being hunted by authorities, who is said to be a 16-year-old girl.
The four adult suspects were identified as Cindy Blanco Hernandez, Aldair J. Miranda Carcamo, Jose Castillo Rivas and Wilmer A. Sanchez-Serrano. Hernandez, Carcamo, and Rivas are all 18-years-old and are from different parts of Virginia.
Sanchez-Serrano's age and address was not released. The ages of the suspects range from 15 to 21.
The Washington Post reported Damaris left her home on Dec. 10. Authorities said her case might have links to the two other teenage girls who went missing but have since returned home, as well as the death of a 21-year-old man.
The mother of Damaris said she is relieved people were arrested but she has a lot of questions. She wants to know why her daughter was killed.
Damaris contacted her mother through Facebook when she left home. On Jan. 4, the mom called her daughter and begged her to come home but Damaris replied she cannot. She did not explain why.
The gang that the suspects are linked to was not yet released. The investigation is ongoing.