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Volunteers help build 100 affordable homes for Northern Va. families

WASHINGTON — At first glance, it would have been easy for passers-by to mistake the Wednesday morning gathering on Donora Drive in Alexandria, Virginia for a block party.

There, a crowd of about 30 gathered under a tent in the middle of the closed street and mingled over thermoses of hot coffee and boxes of fresh doughnuts.

But it wasn’t a block party. It was a building party — to celebrate Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia’s 100th home.

“This is the American dream,” said Mehrangiz Sadieva, who attended the morning event alongside hammer-wielding business executives from companies such as Freddie Mac, Leidos and JBG Smith.

Sadieva knows, firsthand, the joy the new two-level house will bring to its future owners. Her family’s Habitat for Humanity home is also under construction just down the street. Currently, she lives with her husband and their two teenage children in a one-bedroom apartment in Alexandria, Virginia.

“This future house that we have will tremendously change our lives. We will be financially more stable and secure, we will have a place to call our house … to have a different life,” Sadieva said.

In the 28 years since the Northern Virginia Habitat for Humanity chapter launched, it’s provided local families with affordable homes, most of which are built by volunteers. This year, the nonprofit broke ground on its 100th house, which it plans to complete by next summer.

“We’ve got more families than we possibly have properties for right now, so any time that we can afford to purchase (land or a property that needs renovating), it means another family is going to have safety and stability and financial hope, thanks to an affordable home,” said Margaret Anne Lara, director of engagement and marketing for Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia.

How does Habitat for Humanity work, exactly? Families can apply to receive a home on the organization’s website, and candidates are nominated by the staff and selected by the board. Chosen families purchase their homes, pay a mortgage through an affordable payment plan and even attend financial counseling.

Plus, they put in sweat equity. Lara said families that receive homes contribute up to 400 hours of time with the organization, framing, painting and working in the Habitat for Humanity store.

Noemi Riveira, director of real estate development at Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia, said the organization hires contractors to complete the electrical, plumbing and roofing components of the energy-efficient homes. Some even come equipped with solar panels — all in an effort to keep utility bills low for the homeowners.

“We were just talking to a family a few months ago and they were telling us … they haven’t paid an energy bill for the last three to five months. And the last one they paid was about $30, which was one of the hottest months of the year,” Riveira said.

AJ Jackson, executive vice president of social impact and investing for JBG Smith, was one of the executives in attendance at Wednesday’s build. Jackson said his employer, a development company, has had a long-standing relationship with Habitat for Humanity, and it was nice to see business leaders from other sectors share a similar interest in creating more affordable housing.

“It seems like within just the broader Washington business community, there’s more of a focus on the importance of housing affordability among non-real estate members of the business community, which is exciting for us because I think that creates the opportunity to get greater engagement and greater political attention to the issue of housing affordability, beyond just the traditional voices,” Jackson said.

Future homeowner Sadieva said she has been blown away by the kindness of strangers throughout the Habitat for Humanity process. She is expecting to receive the keys to her new three-bedroom Alexandria home in July.

“It’s good to know that there are such kind people who donate their time and just do good,” Sadieva said.

“Living in America, having your own house, raising your kids to have a good future — all the opportunities in contributing to society, that’s all awesome.”

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Police: Man dead after mother’s boyfriend stabs him in Falls Church

WASHINGTON — A 27-year-old man is dead after police say he was stabbed by his mother’s boyfriend early Wednesday morning in Falls Church, Virginia.

Fairfax County Police say they found Oscar Daniel Diaz Fuentes inside the apartment suffering from a stab wound to the torso when they responded to the 2900 block of Charing Cross Road, near the Merrifield Shopping Center around 1 a.m.

Fuentes was taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Jose Adalberto Vasquez Hernandez, 36, faces a homicide charge in the stabbing. Police say he was outside the apartment building when they arrived.

Police say both men lived in the apartment and the two had an altercation earlier that night. Hernandez later returned and stabbed Fuentes.

Police continue to investigate the incident.

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Amazon is a ‘game-changer’ for Crystal City (and good for JBG Smith, too)

WASHINGTON — Amazon’s choice of Northern Virginia for half of its new headquarters will jump-start Crystal City, which is still recovering from Base Realignment and Closure-related office vacancies. And, it’s good business for Crystal City’s dominant commercial real estate owner, JBG Smith.

JBG Smith has an exclusive leasing and development partnership with Amazon as part of the company’s decision to invest $2.5 billion there. That will include leases at existing buildings and the development of a new headquarters location in what is now dubbed National Landing.

National Landing encompasses Crystal City, the eastern portion of Pentagon City and the northern portion of Potomac Yard.

Within that area, JBG Smith owns 6.2 million square feet of existing office space and 2,850 units of existing multifamily space, and controls 7.4 million square feet of additional development space.

That does not include Amazon’s agreement to purchase additional land owned by JBG Smith, where one of the new Amazon HQ2 buildings will be located.

“This decision is a game-changer for our local economy and will breathe new life into a market that is still recovering from the headwinds of BRAC, the global financial crisis and sequestration,” said JBG Smith CEO Matt Kelly.

Here are some of the transactions Amazon is expected to take with JBG Smith:

  • Lease 500,000 square feet of existing office space at 241 18th St. South, 1800 South Bell St. and 1770 Crystal Drive.
  • Purchase land from JBG for potential development up to 4.1 million square feet.
  • Start predevelopment and planning of the first office building before the end of 2018, with construction expected to begin in 2019.
  • JBG Smith will serve as property manager and retail leasing agent for all Amazon buildings in National Landing.

Amazon also has the option to expand its footprint in the National Landing area to 8 million square feet.

Virginia is also investing $195 million in infrastructure improvements, including improvements to the Crystal City and Potomac Yards Metro station, a pedestrian bridge connecting National Landing and Reagan National Airport, and safety improvements for pedestrians crossing Route 1.

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DC-area home prices hit highest October level in a decade

WASHINGTON — Home sales are slowing in the Washington region, but prices are still rising, with the median price of a house or condo that sold in the metro last month hitting the highest level for an October in 10 years.

The median sales price in the Washington metro area in October was $426,475, up 3.2 percent from a year ago, according to MarketStats by Showing Time based on listing activity from Bright MLS.

Sales volume across the D.C. area was $2.1 billion, down 3.9 percent from a year earlier. The number of closed sales in October was down 6.1 percent from a year ago. Pending sales, or listings with contracts signed but not yet closed, were down 4.7 percent, to the lowest October level since 2014.

More sellers are entering the Washington-area market, with new listings last month up 7.5 percent from a year ago, which was also the highest October level in a decade. Total inventory rose for the first time since May 2016, and was up 2.7 percent from a year ago.

Sellers in October got on average 97.8 percent of their asking price, down from 98.0 percent a year earlier.

Falls Church, Virginia, remained the most expensive jurisdiction, with an October median selling price of $805,500.

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Judge to weigh admission of racist cartoons, posts in U.Md. murder, hate trial

WASHINGTON — A Prince George’s County judge could decide Tuesday whether racist cartoons and posts in a now-deleted white supremacist Facebook group can be used in the prosecution of a former University of Maryland student charged with murder and a hate crime of a black student visiting College Park, Maryland.

Sean Urbanski, now 24, is charged with first-degree murder and a hate crime that resulted in a death, in the killing of Army Lt. Richard Collins III, who was 23 when he died on May 20, 2017.

Lawyers for Urbanski are seeking two separate trials for their client — one trial for first-degree murder, which in Maryland carries a top sentence of life in prison with no chance of parole, and one trial for the hate crime, which carries a maximum of 20 years behind bars.

Defense lawyers William Brennan and John McKenna have argued in motions that the judge should bar prosecutors from introducing “certain cartoon images and a group message survey extracted from his cellular phone,” as well as discussions on his now deleted “Alt-Reich: Nation” Facebook page.

Brennan argued the postings “are particularly offensive, extremely prejudicial, highly inflammatory, irrelevant and not otherwise admissible.”

“There is genuine risk … the jury will be excited to irrational behavior concerning the alleged murder of Mr. Collins. The proffered evidence is more shocking than the underlying crime,” the defense argued.

In a court filing, Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Angela Alsobrooks countered the evidence “tends to prove a material fact, that is, that the Defendant purposefully chose to stab Mr. Collins, over anyone else at the bus stop that night, because Mr. Collins is an African American.”

For a first-degree murder conviction, prosecutors must prove premeditation, but not motive. However, jurors may consider motive in determining guilt or innocence, or choosing between first-and second-degree murder.

“Motive is an essential element that the State must prove in order to secure a conviction under the hate crime statute,” Alsobrooks wrote.

Prosecutors have not revealed the specifics of evidence gathered the could prove Urbanski is a white supremacist.

Alsobrooks said the contested digital data “elucidates a statement uttered by the defendant just before he stabbed Mr. Collins.”

Thus far, documents only say Urbanski told Collins: “Step left, step left, if you know what’s good for you.”

Collins, a Bowie State University student who had been recently commissioned as a U.S. Army second lieutenant, was killed as he and two friends waited for an Uber at a bus stop at 3 a.m.

Sources have told WTOP surveillance video captured the killing. In addition, Urbanski’s blood alcohol content showed he was legally drunk.

Urbanski’s lawyers, Prince George’s County and federal prosecutors, as well as the FBI, have all declined to say whether a determination has been made about whether federal hate charges will be filed. In certain cases, federal hate crimes could make a defendant eligible for capital punishment.

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Why wait? Democrats openly flirt with 2020 White House bids

WASHINGTON (AP) — In the days after the midterm election, New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker worked the phones with Democratic luminaries in Iowa. Montana Gov. Steve Bullock courted high-dollar donors in New York. Other Democrats openly mused about their White House ambitions on live television.

Motivated by an urgency to unseat President Donald Trump and the prospect of a historically large primary field, Democrats see little incentive to delay or downplay their 2020 presidential hopes. Their more transparent approach is upending one of Washington’s favorite “will they or won’t they” parlor games and pushed the campaign calendar up earlier than ever before.

“No one is waiting for anyone in the race to run for president,” said Jim Messina, who managed President Barack Obama’s 2012 campaign. “Those days are long, long over.”

Running for president used to involve a familiar routine, with potential candidates spending months publicly demurring about their ambitions and professing to be content in their current roles. Advisers labored to keep meetings with donors and potential staff under wraps ahead of formal, carefully choreographed campaign announcements.

This time around, many Democrats believe it would be too risky to wait much longer before making their intentions known, particularly those with lower national profiles who could quickly be overshadowed by a field that could have more than two dozen candidates.

There are practicalities to consider, given the limited supply of money and top-flight staff available to run a campaign. But another driving factor is more visceral: Democrats are simply eager to take on the president.

“This is starting very fast,” said former Iowa Democratic Party Chairwoman Sue Dvorsky. She said that given the imperative to beat Trump, “it kind of needs to.”

Two long-shot Democrats have already declared their candidacy.

West Virginia state Sen. Richard Ojeda, a retired Army paratrooper who lost a race for Congress last week, announced his plans to run for president on Monday. Ojeda joins Maryland Rep. John Delaney, who has been running for the Democratic nomination since July 2017, and has already traveled to Iowa 19 times and made 12 trips to New Hampshire.

Delaney said he believes that his early start will help put him at an advantage ahead of would-be rivals.

“We not only know what the talent is, but they know us and they know about our message,” said Delaney, whose campaign currently has about 10 staffers in Iowa. He expects that number to grow to at least 20 by January and 100 by June.

Higher-profile Democrats have also started to lift the veil on their White House hopes.

On Monday, Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown, said he was “seriously looking at” a presidential campaign, saying in an interview that his election to a third term shows “a strong progressive can win.” He called his Senate campaign “a blueprint for our nation in 2020.”

New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand was also up front about her White House ambitions, telling ABC’s “The View” Monday that she was indeed considering a campaign.

“I believe right now every one of us should figure out how we can do whatever we can with our time, with our talents, to restore that moral decency, that moral compass and that truth of who we are as Americans,” Gillibrand said.

Unlike in 2016, when Hillary Clinton’s shadow loomed large over the party, Democrats enter the 2020 campaign without a clear favorite. Former Vice President Joe Biden occupies the most similar role, with broad name recognition and a deep political network.

But Biden associates say he is still conflicted about whether to run, and he has pointedly said other would-be 2020 candidates should not defer to his plans. Biden is expected to make a decision by January.

Booker has been among the most aggressive in courting supporters in early-voting states. After the midterms, he called each member of the Iowa Democratic statewide ticket, for whom the New Jersey senator campaigned ahead of the midterm, the day after the election.

Booker was in touch with former Gov. Tom Vilsack, a veteran Democrat in the early-voting state, as well as candidates and operatives in other early-voting states he visited this fall.

California Sen. Kamala Harris, who would be considered an early favorite in the White House race, also called candidates she campaigned for in early-voting presidential states, including Deidre DeJear, who was Iowa’s first African-American woman nominated for statewide office but lost in her bid for secretary of state.

Montana’s Bullock, who has made several stops in Iowa this year, traveled to New York after Election Day to meet with potential donors. Though Bullock has a lower profile than many possible Democratic contenders, he has an experienced team of political advisers, including chief of staff Tom Lopach — the former executive director of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee — and Nick Baldick, a veteran Democratic strategist.

Bullock also sent a staffer to Iowa to work for Tim Gannon, who lost his race for state agriculture secretary last week, a move aimed at giving Bullock an early foothold in the crucial caucus state.

And while the midterms showed that Trump remains a powerful force in the GOP, at least two Republicans are considering taking Trump on: retiring Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake and outgoing Ohio Gov. John Kasich.

Kasich will be in New Hampshire on Thursday for a speech at a First Amendment event. Ahead of his remarks, Kasich will have private meetings with several prominent New Hampshire Republicans, including state and county GOP chairs.

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Beaumont reported from Des Moines, Iowa. Associated Press writer Dan Sewell in Cincinnati contributed to this report.

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Multiple crashes in slim time frame cause concern in Montgomery Co.

WASHINGTON — Rain-slicked roadways and poor visibility Monday night are being blamed for a series of vehicle crashes and pedestrians struck within a three-hour period in Montgomery County, Maryland.

“Between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., Montgomery County Fire and Rescue crews have responded to … more than a dozen collisions, in addition to six pedestrians struck,” said Pete Piringer, public information officer for Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service.

The first of the evening’s crashes involving a pedestrian happened around 5 p.m. in downtown Rockville, at Beall Avenue and Gibbs Street. The woman who was struck was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. The driver was not injured, and police have identified her as Anne Marie Sugrue, 24, of Gaithersburg.

Another five pedestrians were struck in separate incidences and suffered traumatic injuries, but Piringer said their injuries did not appear to be life-threatening.

An adult was struck around 6 p.m. at Carrol and Flower avenues in Takoma Park. About a half-hour later, another adult pedestrian was struck in the 20900 block of Frederick Road in Germantown. Then, approximately, 15 minutes later at 6:45 p.m., a teenage pedestrian was struck at Elm Street and Arlington Road. Around 7 p.m., a pedestrian was struck on the Rockville Pike at Halpine Street.

The three-hour period closed when a pedestrian was struck on University Boulevard and E. Franklin Street in Silver Spring around 8 p.m.

“Police are investigating all the circumstances of those,” Piringer said, adding that the series of crashes all took place after sunset with wet road conditions and poor visibility.

The Montgomery County Council has already summoned county traffic officials to a 2 p.m. briefing Tuesday on pedestrian and traffic safety along state highways. The briefing was called after four Kennedy High School students waiting for a school bus were struck in Aspen Hill, when a car careened onto the sidewalk along Georgia Avenue/Md. Route 97.

In addition to the pedestrians struck in Montgomery County, Fairfax County police said a man was struck and sustained life-threatening injuries at Old Courthouse Road Northeast and Westwood Drive around 5 p.m. Police said the man was outside his vehicle inspecting damage from a crash when he was hit by another vehicle.

Elsewhere, a pedestrian was critically injured in the D.C. around 9 p.m. when they were struck by a passenger bus at New York Avenue and North Capitol Street NW.

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Northern Va. coat, blanket drive aims to provide warmth to Syrian refugees

WASHINGTON — For the sixth straight year, Northern Virginia residents are providing warmth to Syrian refugees facing a cold winter in refugee camps. The region’s annual, month-long blanket and coat drive is underway.

“Over the past few years that we’ve been holding this drive, Northern Virginia has sent over 100,000 blankets and coats to Syrian refugees, abroad,” said Sharon Bulova, chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors in a Friday news conference Friday.

The drive is organized by the NOVA Relief Center, an organization dedicated to improving the quality of life of refugees. Springfield, Virginia-based Paxton Companies transports the donated goods free of charge and Maersk, the world’s largest container shipping company, ships the blankets and coats free of charge.

“We want to encourage everybody who can to bring out donations to any of the number of locations,” said Martin Nohe, a member of the Prince William County Board of Supervisors, “Understand that the donations of coats and blankets you make to this drive are going to directly help those individuals who are most in need of help,” he said.

There are drop-off locations for lightly used blankets and coats in Fairfax, Loudoun, Arlington and Prince William Counties and in the city of Alexandria. Find the location of your closest drop-off spot on the NOVA Relief Center website.

The coat drive ends Dec. 8.

The office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees estimates that there are 5.6 million people who have fled Syria since the start of the Syrian Civil War in 2011. Many are seeking safe haven in Lebanon, Turkey and Jordan. Millions more are displaced from their homes inside Syria.

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Veterans History Project, stenographers work to collect stories

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Rob Jones is among veterans whose oral history has been recorded by the National Court Reporters Association. Here, he is being interviewed by NCRA past President Chris Willette, as Tricia Rosate transcribes and Joe Donahoe records video. (Courtesy NCRA)

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Retired Staff Sgt. Shilo Harris (front right), who received life-threatening injuries while serving in Iraq, is interviewed by retired Lt. Lynn Hinckley (front left).

Cecilee G. Wilson (back right) provides Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART) while Amber Fraass (back left) transcribes. (Courtesy NCRA)

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April Weiner of the National Court Reporters Association and Foundation, and Nancy Hopp, former foundation chair, accepted a plaque on behalf of NCRF from the Military Order of the Purple Heart. (Courtesy NCRA)

WASHINGTON — Cracking open a textbook or reading official accounts of events isn’t the same as hearing someone talk about something they’ve experienced firsthand. That’s part of the charm of what’s being accomplished by the Veterans History Project.

Since 2000, the Veterans History Project — mandated by Congress — of the American Folklife Center for the Library of Congress has been capturing veterans’ stories that might otherwise be lost and making them available online.

The project has preserved the stories of more than 108,000 vets, including that of Frank Buckles, who was the last surviving U.S. veteran of World War I. He passed away at his West Virginia home on Feb. 27, 2011. (Read a transcript of his interview here.)

More recently, the project sat down with former Marine Rob Jones, of Vienna, Virginia, who completed 31 marathons in 31 days on Veterans Day in 2017 to raise money and awareness for wounded warriors. 

The National Court Reporters Association and Foundation have been part of the effort from the beginning, by transcribing thousands of interviews already on file or as they happen live.

“Court reporters are uniquely qualified to transcribe interviews because they have to type out a minimum of 225 words per minute for their certifications,” said April Weiner, development relations manager with the National Court Reporters Association and Foundation.

Just to clarify, that impressive number of words per minute is done shorthand on a stenotype machine.

Members also help capture the stories of Holocaust survivors and attorneys who’ve done Legal Aid pro bono services.

“It’s just so incredible to hear their stories, to hear their sacrifice,” Weiner said. “To hear what they’ve done for our country, what they’ve been through, just to hear their bravery, their courage.”

“It’s so different to hear the firsthand perspective.”

Having stories transcribed is helpful for people with hearing loss and for researchers, such as documentarian Ken Burns, who can use keywords to search for specific topics, places or events.

As technology evolves, electronic voice recognition systems are becoming more common for translations of audio into print and for closed captioning.

Marcia Ferranto is the executive director and CEO of the National Court Reporters Association. She believes the hearing loss community should demand the greatest quality possible in getting captions.

“And, that’s always going to be a person behind a machine rather than an electronic recording,” Ferranto said. “Nothing can replace the human component.”

About half of the stories told to the Veterans History Project have been digitized and are available online.

New additions are still being collected, though. Families are encouraged to have loved ones participate and to contribute associated memorabilia that can be reviewed by families and researchers through the ages.

“You can schedule an appointment, they will go upstairs into the archives, they will bring down your veteran’s box of memory, and you as a family can sit down downstairs in the Library of Congress and experience it,” Ferranto said.

“We watched a family do that — request the history of their great-grandfather. They were all able to experience ‘his story,’ and it was very, very moving.”

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Alexandria teen to be sentenced in MS-13-related killing of Md. girl, 15

WASHINGTON — The teenager who disappeared for a month last year, only to be charged with a brutal gang-related murder on her return, will be sentenced Friday.

Venus Iraheta, 18, of Alexandria, pleaded guilty in January to charges of first-degree murder, abduction and gang participation in the death of Damaris Reyes Rivas, 15, last year. She faces a maximum sentence of life in prison on the murder charge, 10 years each on the others.

Iraheta was 17 when she disappeared for a month in January 2017. Her return was captured live in February of that year while her mother was being interviewed by WTOP’s news partner, NBC Washington.

By the next morning, she was one of 10 people ultimately charged in connection with the death of Rivas, of Gaithersburg, Maryland. Her body was found near Lake Accotink Park, in Springfield, Virginia, in February 2017; the police said at the time that they believed she’d been killed in January.

Iraheta confessed last January to stabbing Rivas several times, saying Rivas was targeted because the group thought she had lured Christian Sosa Rivas, an MS-13 clique leader and Iraheta’s boyfriend, to his death.

Sosa Rivas’ body was found in the Potomac River near Dumfries earlier that month. Six people were arrested in his death.

In a statement and an interview with WTOP in January, Fairfax County Commonwealth’s Attorney Ray Morrogh laid out the details of the murder:

Reyes Rivas had run away from home; her mother reported her missing Dec. 10, 2016. On Jan. 8, 2017, one of the other defendants, Jose Castillo Rivas, whom prosecutors said Reyes Rivas knew, picked her up and brought her to Lake Accotink Park, in Springfield, Virginia. The rest of the 10 defendants were waiting.

Prosecutors said Iraheta hit Reyes Rivas in the face, knocking her down. Video from Iraheta’s cellphone shows the gang members demanding information about Sosa Rivas’ death, prosecutors said, as well as another defendant, Jose Torres Cerrato, “telling the group they have to torture her first because she had to tell them everything.”

Iraheta told Reyes Rivas “she was going to die that day,” Morrogh said in the statement, and the group forced Reyes Rivas to stand in snow without her shoes or shirt in order to feel the same cold Sosa Rivas did when his body was dumped in the Potomac River, while they demanded information about Sosa Rivas’ death.

They then brought her back into Castillo Rivas’ vehicle, to take Reyes Rivas to another location nearby. After they got there, the entire group attacked her.

Iraheta demanded to know whether she had slept with Sosa Rivas, Morrogh said in the statement. Also, Iraheta cut a tattoo he had given Reyes Rivas off her hand, told her she would “see her in hell,” and stabbed her in the neck and chest several times, Morrogh said in the statement. Others stabbed her as well, and the video was then sent to MS-13 leadership in El Salvador “for promotions within the ranks of the gang.”

“She was a primary actor” in Reyes Rivas’ death, Morrogh told WTOP in January, “and this is a very violent and dangerous street gang. We’re always pleased when we take another off the street.”

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