A Texas man named Eduardo Arevalo has been sentenced to 40 years in prison for the murder of his pregnant sister, Viridiana Arevalo. Eduardo, who was 19 at the time, pleaded guilty to the charge of felony murder. He had initially faced the more serious charge of capital murder, which could have led to a life sentence without parole. The incident occurred in 2019 when Viridiana, who was eight months pregnant, was reported missing by her relatives.
Initially, it was believed that she had intended to harm herself, as a note indicating suicide was found. However, Eduardo later confessed to writing the note himself to make it look like a suicide. Eduardo told the police that he killed his sister because he was embarrassed by her pregnancy and did not think she would be a good mother. He claimed that he strangled her during an argument and then disposed of her body in a remote area outside the city.
He later returned to retrieve the body and dumped it in an alley near their family home. Surveillance cameras captured Eduardo near the crime scene, providing evidence against him. Sgt. Aaron Woodard from The Colony Police Department described Eduardo's motive for the murder as his sister being an embarrassment to their family, saying that he believed it would be better if she was not alive. Eduardo's attorney, Derek A. Adame, did not comment on the case.
The sentence of 40 years in prison reflects the severity of the crime and the tragic loss of both Viridiana and her unborn child. This story highlights the shocking nature of the crime committed by Eduardo Arevalo, who killed his own sister because he perceived her pregnancy as a disgrace to their family. The tragic incident serves as a reminder of the importance of valuing and supporting our loved ones, especially during challenging times.