A 19-year-old man from Texas is facing homicide charges after he admitted to killing his pregnant sister and dumping her body.
Viridiana Arevalo, 23, was eight months pregnant and reported missing by her boyfriend on December 17, 2019. It was believed that she was suicidal because of a note the family found that stated she wanted to take her own life. However, after her body was discovered by a group of neighbors in an alley behind their homes on Sunday morning, police became suspicious of foul play.
Thanks to the help of the community who gave police their home surveillance and doorbell camera footage, police were able to figure out a timeline. Then Arevalo’s younger brother Eduardo confessed to police that on December 16th, he had strangled her while she sat on the couch.
“As the week went on, Eduardo stated that he wanted his family to know where Viri was at so he went and picked up her body and brought her back Sunday morning in the early morning hours and dumped her body in the alleyway,” Sgt. Aaron Woodard from The Colony Police Department explained. Eduardo then told detectives that his sister had become an “embarrassment to their family” and that “it would be better off that she wasn’t here.” He admitted that he wrote the suicide note and attempted to make it look as though she had killed herself.
Arevalo had four brothers, and her family said she was excited to be a mother, especially because she was expecting a baby girl.
“It takes a piece of me that I can’t get back, from my sister, my little brother as well. To see him like this, I would never imagine him being in a mugshot, in jail,” the victim and suspect’s brother, Diego Arevalo, said.
Eduardo is being held on a $1 million-plus bond at The Colony Jail facing charges of capital murder and tampering with evidence.
Murder is the second leading cause of death among pregnant women after car accidents. In fact, 20 percent of women who die during pregnancy are victims of murder.
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