"We are, of course, devastated for my daughter's death, but I'm just beyond grateful that they found her murderer", her mother told reporters.
The bookshop worker had been missing for around a week.
The arrest of da Silva may not come as a surprise to law enforcement experts who have predicted that Reyes' killer was known to her.
A former boyfriend of Valerie Reyes, the NY woman found dead inside of a suitcase discovered off the side of a road in CT, was arrested in connection to her death.
Captain Robert Berry says investigators "zeroed in" on suspect Javier DeSilva after he allegedly used victim Valerie Reyes's ATM card to withdraw cash multiple times after her death.
DeSilva is scheduled to make an initial court appearance in a federal court in NY on Tuesday (local time). NYPD sent out an alert on January 31 reporting Valerie Reyes as missing. Officials said her hands and feet were bound when her body was found by highway workers on February 5.
Da Silva, 24, is a resident of Queens, New York.
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"She was going on about how frightened she was in that apartment", Sanchez said on Thursday, the Times reports.
Captain Berry said: "This entire investigation has been a herculean effort from the very beginning, from the initial officers on scene to all the work of all the detectives chasing down numerous leads".
Javier DeSilva, 24, was arrested in Queens Monday night for allegedly murdering Valerie Reyes, 24, of New Rochelle, New York, Greenwich Police Capt. Robert Berry said at a press conference Tuesday. The night before, she made a frantic, prophetic phone call to her mother declaring: "I'm scared".
She asked about her daughter's ex-boyfriend but still Reyes told her mother "no, it wasn't him". "I'm paranoid, mommy. I'm getting anxiety attacks.' She was having a hard time talking". William F. Sweeney Jr. said in a statement.
Reyes had worked at a Barnes & Noble store in Eastchester, New York, since it opened two-and-a-half years ago, according to the bookstore chain.
"I asked about her ex-boyfriend". I kept praying that she would tell me, she would give me hints, a name or something ...
Reyes was identified last week as the person whose body was found jammed into a piece of luggage abandoned in upscale Greenwich, Conn. Reyes' cause of death was not immediately clear.