Police allege Venus Romero Iraheta sliced off a tattoo from her victim's body

By Chris Harris
May 12, 2017 04:43 PM
Credit: Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office

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.

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.

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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 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 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.