Nine people arrested over death of 15-year-old Maryland girl, authorities link case to gang violence

Fourth Estate Staff

Fairfax, VA, United States (4E) – A 15-year-old girl from Maryland was found dead in Virginia and police believe the nine people arrested are linked to a gang.

From the nine arrested, five of them are teens while the four others are adults. The tenth suspect is still being hunted by authorities, who is said to be a 16-year-old girl.

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 they believe she was taken to the area against her will, was assaulted, and then killed. It is believed she was killed around Jan. 8 this year.

The nine suspects arrested know each other and are linked to a gang. However, police said not everyone is directly involved in the murder. Nine of them were charged with abduction and gang participation and additional charges are expected.

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 Vriginia . Sanchez-Serrano’s age and address was not released. The ages of the suspects range from 15 to 21.

Damaris left her home on Dec. 10 and it is believed her case is linked to the two other teenager girls who went missing but have since returned home and 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 and on Jan. 4, she called her daughter and begged her to come home, to which 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.

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