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Authorities Say Suspect In Suitcase Death Is In US Illegally

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Friends and family of homicide victim Valerie Reyes attend her burial at Greenwood Union Cemetery in Rye, N.Y. Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019. Reyes's body was found on Feb. 5 inside a suitcase discarded near a Connecticut road by highway workers. Javier Enrique Da Silva Rojas, 24, of Queens, New York, ex-boyfriend of the New York woman was held without bail Tuesday on a charge carrying a potential death penalty. (Tyler Sizemore/Hearst Connecticut Media via AP)

(AP) – Federal immigration authorities say a man accused of killing his ex-girlfriend and dumping her body in a suitcase in Connecticut is a citizen of Portugal and is in the U.S. illegally.

Officials with Immigration and Customs Enforcement said Wednesday that Javier Da Silva Rojas entered the United States in May 2017 through a visa waiver program and was supposed to leave the country later that year.  Da Silva is charged with kidnapping resulting in death in connection with the killing of 24-year-old Valerie Reyes. Her body was found in a suitcase in Greenwich on Feb. 5.

A lawyer for Da Silva declined to comment Wednesday.  A funeral for Reyes was held Wednesday in her hometown of New Rochelle, New York.

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