Valerie Reyes feared “someone is going to murder me” the night before she went missing. Eight days later, her body was found stuffed into a red suitcase, bound at the wrists and ankles and dumped on the side of a road in Greenwich, Connecticut.
“She was very scared, very frightened,” her mother, Norma Sanchez, said of their conversation during an interview at her home in New Rochelle, New York. “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 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?'” Sanchez said.
Reyes, 24, who lived in an apartment in New Rochelle, broke up with her boyfriend on Jan. 24, according to Sanchez.
Reyes’ body was found on Tuesday and identified two days later.
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SOURCE: USA Today; Rockland/Westchester Journal News, Christopher J. Eberhart