Five people in total have been charged in Hernandez Cruz’s murder thus far. A juvenile girl and Armando Dagoberto Reyes Reyes, 27, face murder charges. Reyes Reyes was arrested on July 2 after fleeing to Florida, while the juvenile girl was initially arrested in May on lesser charges but then charged with murder in December.
The two other men charged in the case, 20-year-old Cesar Antonio Ochoa Carill and 20-year-old Doroteo E. Diaz Martinez, were arrested in May. Each was charged with unlawful disposal of a dead body.
Police have said the murder is gang-related, and details reported by The Washington Post described a bizarre motive for the killing that allegedly involved accusations by Reyes Reyes that the Hernandez Cruz was using “black magic” to control a girl. More details from The Post’s reporting on the case can be read here.
Hernandez Cruz has not been named by police due to a state law that restricts law enforcement from releasing the names of juvenile crime victims without the permission of their parents. However after his murder The Washington Post published his name. Hernandez Cruz had been reported missing and endangered in early May by the police. He was last seen in the 4900 block of Beauregard Street.
Police said Monday that Hernandez Cruz’s murder remains an active case.