Chilling interrogation video released in 'savage and brutal' murder of Maryland teen

Venus Iraheta pleaded guilty on Monday to the murder of 15-year-old Damaris Rivas, of Montgomery County, whose body was found in Lake Accotink Park in Springfield, Virginia, on Saturday, February 11, 2017, authorities said. (Screenshot courtesy of Fairfax County Police Department)

Police in Fairfax County say a teenage girl helped lure a 15-year-old to a park, where that teen was held against her will, tortured and killed.

Now, officials have released the interrogation video that helped crack the MS-13 case in Lake Accontink Park.

The video shows 18-year-old Venus Iraheta, of Alexandria, admitting to killing 15-year-old Damaris Rivas, of Gaithersburg, Maryland, last January.

“I killed her,” Iraheta told detectives.

“How did you kill her?”

“With a knife,” Iraheta responded.

“What did you do with the knife?” The interviewer questioned.

“I don’t remember how many times I stabbed her in the stomach,” Iraheta said.

“Was it a lot?”

“Like. 13. Something like that,” she responded.

“Why 13?”

“I don’t remember. It was 12 here,” Iraheta said, referencing the stomach area. “And the 13 was here,” she said, pointing to her neck.

The video shows Iraheta sitting in a small room, at times putting her feet up on a chair, slouching down, and later in the video, putting her head down on a chair.

Iraheta told the interviewer that she told Rivas, “You’re going to remember me until the day we see each other in Hell. Don’t forget my name.”

She went on to tell the interviewer, “And I told her my full name. And I told her my nickname. And I told it to her and I told her to never forget who I was. I told her someday we’re going to see each other again.”

On Monday, Iraheta pleaded guilty to murdering Rivas.

According to police, Rivas was held against her will, taken to Lake Accotink Park, first assaulted, then killed and left in an industrial area nearby.

During last year's investigation, the Fairfax County Police chief called the teen's death "a savage and brutal killing."

The Washington Post reports that Iraheta was the central player in Rivas' death, but that the 15-year-old was lured to the park by 10 MS-13 members who participated in Rivas death out of revenge for the murder of Christian Alexander Sosa Rivas, who had dated Iraheta and was the leader of their clique.

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