Mur­der vic­tim had feared for her life

Woman’s body found last week in suit­case

USA TODAY US Edition - - NEWS - Christo­pher J. Eber­hart

Va­lerie Reyes feared “some­one is go­ing to mur­der me” the night be­fore she went miss­ing. Eight days later, her body was found stuffed into a red suit­case, bound at the wrists and an­kles and dumped on the side of a road in Green­wich, Con­necti­cut.

“She was very scared, very fright­ened,” her mother, Norma Sanchez, said dur­ing an in­ter­view at her home in New Rochelle, New York. “She didn’t men­tion any­thing or no one spe­cific. She just said, ‘I’m scared. I’m para­noid, mommy. I’m get­ting anx­i­ety at­tacks.’ She was hav­ing a hard time talk­ing.

“I asked her, ‘Why do you feel this way? Was there some­one at your house?’ I asked about her ex-boyfriend. And she said, ‘No,’ ” Sanchez said about her con­ver­sa­tion with her daugh­ter on Jan. 28.

“I’m afraid some­one is go­ing to mur­der me,” Reyes told her mother that evening.

“We won­der, ‘Who made her feel this way?’ ” said Sanchez.

Reyes, 24, who lived in an apart­ment in New Rochelle, broke up with her boyfriend on Jan. 24, Sanchez said.

Reyes’ body was found on Tues­day and iden­ti­fied two days later.

Reyes was re­ported miss­ing on Jan. 30. Sanchez said the fam­ily hired a pri­vate in­ves­ti­ga­tor the next day, who tracked Reyes to Man­hat­tan, where ATM cam­eras cap­tured her around 2 a.m. Reyes’ bank card was used that morn­ing in the city at a different ATM, though it’s un­clear whether she or some­one else used the card.

Dur­ing a Thurs­day vigil, a few hun­dred peo­ple held can­dles in Reyes’ honor while pray­ing and singing in Span­ish.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion about the case may con­tact the Green­wich po­lice at 203-622-3333 or email [email protected]­wchct.org.

PETER CARR/USA TO­DAY NET­WORK

Norma Sanchez, left, at a vigil Thurs­day for her daugh­ter Va­lerie Reyes in New Rochelle, N.Y. Reyes’ body was iden­ti­fied Thurs­day.

Va­lerie Reyes

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