Tears, embraces and prayers filled a candlelight vigil Thursday for a 24-year-old woman whose body was found in a suitcase along a Greenwich, Connecticut, road.
As the hunt for Reyes' killer continues, Berry said "many pieces of possible physical evidence were collected and results from forensic analysis are pending".
"Her family was advised of the positive identification last night", Greenwich Police Capt. Robert Berry said Thursday.
Reyes' cause of death has not been confirmed, Berry said.
Sanchez asked her daughter if someone threatened her, and asked about her ex, but Reyes said no, Sanchez told WABC.
The family of the New Rochelle woman was notified of her death on Wednesday.
"My daughter did not deserve whatever you did to her, my daughter was pure", mom Norma Sanchez said according to ABC.
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In the days after the Barnes & Noble employee went missing, friends and family members shared her picture on social media and pleaded for locals to keep an eye out for her or get in touch if they spotted her.
On the night of January 28, the last time mother Norma Sanchez spoke to her daughter, the panicked young woman was telling her she felt scared that something bad was going to happen to her, the Journal News, local news station WABC and The New York Times report.
"My girlfriend Valerie is now officially reported as a missing person nationwide by the authorities".
Meanwhile, the Courant reported that an unidentified highway worker took photos of Reyes' body and the crime scene.
"The victim was a daughter, a sister and a cousin of a family suffering a tremendous loss at this time", Greenwich First Selectman Peter J. Tesei said in a statement. "Anything, really. It was just family time", Sanchez told the NY newspaper.
"To have done something like that shows a disregard for the decedent and their loved ones".
Reyes' father issued a statement after her body was found.
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"I asked about her ex-boyfriend".
A woman's body was found "constrained and restrained" in a suitcase on the side of a road.
Another area resident connected the killing to the pervasive, societal issue of violence against women.
"Her fearful daughter told her, "'I just can't get it out of my head, '" she said, the Times reports.
"I feel like this neighborhood is relatively safe, so it's a surprise".
"It's tragic", an unnamed grandmother added. "I worry about this all the time".
"Horrified. Absolutely horrified", Bradford, 19, told The Associated Press. "It's not unbelievable, but it's shocking that it happened right here".
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