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An emotional funeral was held Wednesday for Valerie Reyes, the 24-year-old woman whose corpse was found stuffed inside a suitcase dumped on the side of a quiet road in suburban Connecticut.
Dozens of friends and relatives were seen hugging and wiping away tears outside of St Gabriel's Church in New Rochelle, New York.
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Many of the attendees wore white sweatshirts bearing a photo of Reyes and the words: 'In Loving Memory of our beautiful soul Valerie. You captured so many hearts'.
'She was just silly and just a free soul, beautiful soul. She's going to be missed,' Reyes' cousin Desiree Rodriguez said as she made her way into the church on Wednesday.
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'We're devastated, but we're happy that the person was caught so she gets to go in peace. It kind of brings us a little more peace, too, to let her go.'
After the hour-long memorial service, loved ones held white balloons as a Reyes was buried in a green casket adorned with yellow and white flowers at a cemetery in nearby Rye, New York.
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Reyes' funeral came two days after her ex-boyfriend, 24-year-old Javier Enrique Da Silva Rojas, was arrested and charged with kidnapping resulting in death. The charge carries the possibility of the death penalty.
Investigators say Rojas has denied killing Reyes and claims that she died after falling and hitting her head while the pair were having sex.
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He allegedly admitted to binding her hands and feet, putting packing tape over her mouth, forcing her body into a case and abandoning it on the side of a road in Greenwich, Connecticut.
US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials revealed in a statement on Wednesday that Rojas is a citizen of Portugal who has been in the US illegally for more than a year.
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