FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Raymond Worrall
PHONE: (201) 795-6400 Ext. 6737
DATE: Tuesday, April 11, 2017
WOMAN FOUND DEAD IN KEARNY
Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez has released the following information:
On April 10, 2017, at approximately 6:45 p.m., Kearny Police Officers were dispatched to 133 Chestnut Street, Kearny, on a 911 call of a medical injury. Upon arrival, Kearny Police Officers observed a lifeless female victim with apparent stab wounds in a second-floor apartment at that location.
The victim, Luisa Cristina Reyna-Tello, age 46, who lived in the apartment, was pronounced dead at the scene at approximately 7:10 p.m. The cause and manner of death are pending an investigation by the Regional Medical Examiner’s Office.
Jose Castro-Lavado, age 36, who also lived in the Kearny apartment, was arrested by Kearny Police Officers in connection with the death of Reyna-Tello. He has been charged by the Prosecutor’s Homicide Unit with Murder in violation of N.J.S. 2C:11-3, a first-degree crime; Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose in violation of N.J.S. 2C:39-4, a third-degree crime; and Unlawful Possession of a Weapon in violation of N.J.S.39-5, a fourth-degree crime. Castro-Lavado is the father of three children with Reyna-Tello.
The Prosecutor’s Homicide Unit is actively investigating the case with assistance from the Kearny Police Department. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Office of the Hudson County Prosecutor at 201-915-1345 or to leave an anonymous tip on the Prosecutor’s Office official website at: https://www.hudsoncountyprosecutorsofficenj.org/homicide-tip/ . All information will be kept confidential.