Reston Woman Not Among Those Charged With Murder in Gang-Related Killing

by Dave Emke February 16, 2017 at 1:15 pm 5 Comments

Cindy Blanco Hernandez

(Updated 2:30 p.m. following law enforcement press conference)

Five of the 10 people charged with abduction and gang participation in relation to the killing of a Gaithersburg teen now face murder charges.

Jose Ivan Castillo Rivas, 18, of Springfield; Wilmer A. Sanchez, 21, of no fixed address; and three 17-year-olds from Alexandria, Annandale and Springfield have been charged with murder as the investigation into the death of 15-year-old Damaris Alexandra Reyes Rivas continues.

Cindy Blanco Hernandez, 18, of Wintherthur Lane in Reston, is among the five suspects who have not yet been charged with any additional crimes.

According to the Fairfax County Police Department, it is believed Reyes Rivas was held against her will before she was taken to Lake Accotink Park, assaulted and killed. Police believe this happened on or around Jan. 8.

At a news conference Tuesday, Fairfax County Police Chief Edwin Roessler said it was a “savage, brutal killing.”

“It was horrific,” Roessler said. “It was horrible.”

Reyes Rivas had been reported missing in Montgomery County in early December. The girl’s body was found in the 7100 block of Wimsatt Road in Springfield on Saturday, and her death was ruled a homicide Monday after an autopsy.

Police believe the killing to be gang-related. The teen’s mother told NBC4 her daughter had been threatened by the gang MS-13.

At Tuesday’s news conference, law enforcement did not confirm the gang to be MS-13, but did go into detail about gang presence in the area.

“These illegal gangs are recruiting juveniles… [and] preying on those who are vulnerable, who are looking for security,” said Jay Lannom, Northern Virginia Regional Gang Task Force director. “We are are seeing a lot of increase in recruiting in high schools and middle schools, which is alarming to us.”

Anyone with further information about the case is asked to contact the Fairfax County police at 703-691-2131, use Crime Solvers or text “TIP187” plus a message to CRIMES(274637).

  • Chuck Morningwood


  • Greg

    Is she or isn’t she charged?

    Cindy Blanco Hernandez, 18, of Wintherthur Lane in Reston, is among the five suspects who have not yet been charged with any additional crimes.


    Cindy Blanco Hernandez, of the 11900 block of Winterthur Lane, is among four adults and six juveniles charged with abduction and gang participation in connection with the death of 15-year-old Damaris Reyes Rivas.

    • Mike M

      My read: She is charged with abduction and gang participation. She is not yet charged with murder. Therefore Guest has declared her persona grata.

      • Jimbo

        Take it to the bank

  • Rookie

    This this this got to stop in once for all I cannot believe this here know what gang member’s get a life sheesh I bet your mom not happy about this and your dad either
    just thinck about that for a moment huh if this goes on ): martial law would come out
    people doesn’t want this to happen at all gawd this is the second girl gotten killed by
    gang member’s again I hate this when it happen’s gawd I bet this 15 year old girl just
    extremely terrified poor thing I wish I would of save her life people need to see a hero
    right on the camera it would look just awesome then cnn fox news just agree about this.


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