Valerie Reyes feared “someone is going to murder me” the night before she went missing.
“She was very scared, very frightened,” her mother, Norma Sanchez, said during an interview at her home in New Rochelle. “She didn’t mention anything or no one specific. She just said, ‘I’m scared. I’m paranoid, mommy. I’m getting anxiety attacks. She was having a hard time talking.
“I asked her, ‘Why do you feel this way? Was there someone at your house?’ I asked about her ex-boyfriend. And she said, ‘No,'” Sanchez said, of her conversation with her daughter on Jan. 28.
“I’m afraid someone is going to murder me,” Reyes told her mother that evening.
“We wonder, ‘Who made her feel this way?'” said Sanchez.
Reyes, 24, who lived in an apartment in New Rochelle, broke up with her boyfriend on Jan. 24, according to Sanchez.
Reyes was identified Thursday as the body found two days earlier stuffed into a red suitcase, bound at the wrists and ankles and dumped on the side of a road in Greenwich, Connecticut.
Reyes was reported missing to New Rochelle police on Jan. 30. Sanchez said the family hired a private investigator the next day, who tracked Reyes to Manhattan, where ATM surveillance cameras captured her image around 2 a.m. Reyes’ bank card also was used that morning in the city at a different ATM, though it’s unclear if she or someone else used the card, Sanchez said.
During a Thursday evening vigil in Glen Island Park, a few hundred people held candles in Reyes’ honor while praying and singing in Spanish.
Greenwich and New Rochelle police are investigating Reyes’ disappearance and death.
Anyone with any information is asked to call the Greenwich police at 203-622-3333 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
“There needs to be justice for my precious daughter,” Sanchez said. “The people who did this need to pay.”
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