- Associated Press - Thursday, February 16, 2017

FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) - Police have charged five people with murder in connection with the death of a Maryland girl who was reported missing in December.

Fairfax County Police Chief Edwin Roessler said at a news conference on Thursday that two adults and three 17-year-olds have been charged with murder in the death of 15-year-old Damaris Reyes Rivas.

Police identified the adults as 18-year-old Jose Ivan Castillo Rivas and 21-year-old Wilmer A. Sanchez Serrano. It was not immediately clear if they had attorneys.

The medical examiner ruled that Reyes Rivas died from trauma to her upper body. Roessler called it a “savage, brutal killing.” He said police have video evidence, but declined to elaborate.

Police say five others have been arrested in connection with the crime. They’ve been charged with abduction and gang participation.

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