Authorities Say Suspect In Suitcase Death Is In US Illegally

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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