A young woman pleaded guilty in a Virginia court on Monday of murdering a 15-year-old girl, the conclusion to a case that has consistently rocked the Fairfax County community, as reported by The Washington Post.
Venus Romero Iraheta, 18, pleaded guilty in the December 2016 stabbing murder of 15-year-old Damaris A. Reyes Rivas. Iraheta and several others implicated in the murder were part of the notorious MS-13 gang, court records have indicated.
Fairfax County Commonwealth Attorney Raymond F. Morrogh described a grim final moment for the 15-year-old, with Iraheta telling her that she’d see the victim “in f***ing hell” before stabbing her repeatedly in the chest and back, as other gang members looked on and poked her with a stick. She also sliced a tattoo off of the victim’s hand, in addition to committing other cruel acts.
MS-13 gang member Venus Iraheta pleaded GUILTY in the brutal murder of 15yo Damaris Alexandra Reyes Rivas. Iraheta pleaded guilty to:
-criminal street gang participation
She faces a maximum of life in prison plus 20 yrshttps://t.co/C1kGXE6YJC
— Annie Yu (@AnnieYuFox5) January 8, 2018
As previously reported by CrimeOnline, Iraheta and her MS-13 cohorts filmed the violent incident, sharing the footage amongst themselves. These videos were eventually placed into evidence, with Morrogh playing them for the court.
“Some kids are prodigies at the violin and some kids are prodigies at violence,” he said. “This is a prodigy at violence.”
Court testimony indicated that Rivas was killed as retribution for the murder of the leader of their chapter, with many MS-13 members believing her to have been involved with that prior gang-related killing. That remains to be seen, but Rivas did admit to Iraheta and others to being romantically involved with the gang leader, something the video had the murderer saying she “would not forgive” the victim for.
Her body was found, face down, in a Maryland industrial park in February 2017, more than a month after she had gone missing, as previously reported by CrimeOnline.
In addition to first-degree murder, Iraheta also pleaded guilty to abduction and criminal street gang participation. She will face sentencing on May 25 and could spend a lifetime behind bars. As of this writing, seven of the ten gang members who faced charges for the crime have either pleaded guilty or been convicted.
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