Homicide victim identified as Luisa Cristina Reyna-Tello, 46

133 Chestnut St., Kearny, where Luisa Cristina Reyna-Tello, 46, was found dead last night.

Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez released the following information about last night’s Kearny homicide:

On April 10, at approximately 6:45 p.m., Kearny police officers were dispatched to 133 Chestnut St., on a 911 call of a medical injury. Upon arrival, officers observed a lifeless female victim with apparent stab wounds in a second-floor apartment at that location.

The victim, Luisa Cristina Reyna-Tello, 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, 36, who also lived in the Kearny apartment, was arrested by Kearny police officers in connection with the death of Reyna-Tello. Sources say Castro-Lavado was in the U.S. illegally.

He has been charged by the Prosecutor’s Homicide Unit with murder, a first-degree crime; possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, a third-degree crime; and unlawful possession of a weapon, a fourth-degree crime.

Castro-Lavado is the father of three children with Reyna-Tello.

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Photos above were taken at the scene at 133 Chestnut St., Kearny.

A New York City-based TV journalist told The Observer she interviewed a boy who lived near the scene. The boy said he’d heard loud noises coming from next door.

“I heard screaming,” the boy said. “She was saying, ‘My mom, my mom, why my mom!’ That’s what really stuck with me.'”

The Prosecutor’s Homicide Unit is actively investigating the case with assistance from the KPD.

Anyone with  information is asked to immediately 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 www.hudsoncountyprosecutorsofficenj.org/homicide-tip.

All information will be kept confidential.

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