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Female MS-13 gang member, 18, chilling last words to teen in video confession of brutal killing

January 13, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Female MS-13 gang member, 18, chilling last words to teen in video confession of brutal killing

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Teen girl confesses in interrogation video shows t to stabbing victim 13 times in MS-13 related murder

A teenage female member of the MS-13 street gang, who sought to get revenge after her boyfriend was murdered by killing a 15-year-old Virginia girl, chillingly told her victim “don’t forget my name” just before she stabbed the girl over a dozen times, an interrogation video released on Wednesday revealed.

Venus Romero Iraheta, who was 17 at the time of the murder that took place in January 2017, pleaded guilty Monday in a Virginia courtroom to first-degree murder, kidnapping, and street gang participation in the killing of Damaris Alexandra Reyes Rivas.

“I grabbed her by the throat and I couldn’t help but hit her,” Iraheta, who has been charged as an adult, told investigators in the video.

According to Fox5DC, the  video was recorded last Valentine’s Day during her interrogation by Fairfax County detectives. Iraheta initially denied killing Reyes Rivas’ but later admitted to the crime.

Venus Romero Iraheta told police during an interrogation she grabbed her victim by the threat, hit her and stabbed her. (Fairfax County PD)

Through a translator, Iraheta said that she told the victim: “’Remember me until the day we see each other in hell. Don’t forget my name.’ I told her my full name, and I told her my nickname. I told her to ‘never forget who I was.’ I told her ‘someday, we were going to see each other again.’”

When a police officer asked what happened next, Iraheta responded in English: “I killed her.”

During a follow-up question on how she killed the 15-year-old, Iraheta told police that she murdered the teen “with a knife.”

Court records show that Reyes Rivas, who attended Watkins Mill High School in Gaithersburg, Maryland., was taken from her home in January 2017 to Lake Accotink Park in Fairfax County, Virginia — where several MS-13 members awaited her.

“I asked her if she had something to do with Christian,” Iraheta told investigators in the newly released footage, referring to her dead boyfriend. “She said ‘yes.’ I said ‘I’m not going to forgive you. I warned you not to mess with me. I told you not to mess with Christian. I told you to stay away from him, or you would see what would happen.’ So I hit her. I kept hitting her. Until [the other members] stopped me.”

Venus Romero Iraheta, left, pleaded guilty to the murder of Damaris Alexandra Reyes Rivas in 2017. (Corrections Photo/Montgomery County PD)Venus Romero Iraheta, left, pleaded guilty to the murder of Damaris Alexandra Reyes Rivas in 2017. (Corrections Photo/Montgomery County PD)

Reyes Rivas then was forced to walk through the snow with no shoes or shirt before Iraheta cut a tattoo off Reyes Rivas’ hand that Iraheta’s boyfriend had given to the teen.

The 15-year-old was then brought to a wooded area where Iraheta and the group repeatedly stabbed her in the stomach, chest, and neck.

“I left the knife in her neck,” the killer told investigators. She said she ultimately took it out and gave it to someone else.

As Reyes Rivas was dying near an Interstate 495 overpass, police said two others stabbed her in the neck with a sharp stake. In total, Reyes Rivas was struck 19 times before her body was abandoned in a shallow puddle and was covered with railroad ties.

The brutal murder was recorded and was intended to be sent to MS-13 heads in El Salvador so the teens could be promoted within the gang. Authorities said the video was found on Apple’s Cloud and was a crucial part of the investigation. Iraheta faces a maximum of life behind bars plus 20 years when she is sentenced in May.

In October, three other MS-13 members pleaded guilty to their participation in the brutal murder.

As part of a plea deal, Cindy Blanco Hernandez, 19, Aldair J. Miranda Carcamo, 18, and Emerson Fugon Lopez, 17, pleaded guilty to a multitude of charges that included kidnapping and, in two instances, gang participation. They are going to be sentenced in May.

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