Comstock asks Sessions for gang task force money, citing Reyes homicide

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Rep. Barbara Comstock

FAIRFAX COUNTY, Va. — Congresswoman Barbara Comstock, who represents Virginia 10th District, has sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions requesting that almost $2 million be granted to the Northern Virginia Regional Gang Task Force.

The 10th District encompasses all of Loudoun County and parts of Fairfax and Prince William counties. The area has seen a large presence from MS-13 in recent years, and several recent high-profile incidents in 2017, including the linked slayings of Damaris Reyes and Christian Sosa Rivas.

Comstock’s letter to Sessions explicitly references the Reyes killing.

“In 2016, the Northern Virginia Regional Gang Task Force provided assistance on 14 homicides including the horrific gang-related murder of a 15-year old girl. Since last fall, there have been eight gang-related homicides in the Northern Virginia region,” she stated. “Our law enforcement officers needs additional resources to combat gang activity ranging from human trafficking to trafficking in drugs such as heroin, not to mention assault and homicide… The task force and our community are in need of such assistance now more than ever.”

You can read the letter in full here.