WOODBRIDGE, Va. — New details have been revealed about the death of a Woodbridge man who had been missing since December.
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Jose Guerrero, 20, went missing in December, and now police believe they've found his body.
Guerrero's family is overcome with grief. They had been aggressively trying to find the new father since reporting him missing.
"They have destroyed a part of us," Guerrero's mother Andrea Salgado said through tears. "He had a life ahead of him. Why did you do this? Why?"
Sheila Perez, his girlfriend and the mother of their 10-month-old baby girl stood by her side, barely able to speak after learning the love of her life and father of her child was dead.
WUSA9 has been there since he first went missing on Dec. 21 – as they searched, held vigils – holding out hope for his safe return.
Thursday's news that his body had been found in Maryland broke their hearts.
"It's not what we wanted," said Salgado.
"We never lost hope, but yesterday was the phone call you don't wanna take," said Bermudez.
Olvin Daniel Argueta Ramirez, 19, of Woodbridge, and a 17-year-old boy who lives in Woodbridge, were arrested in connection to Guerrero’s death, police said. They're both facing murder charges.
Court documents revealed the two allegedly told police they "intended to rob" Guerrero during a drug transaction in a parking lot in Lost Canyon Court.
Instead, after some sort of argument, they stabbed him over and over until he was unconscious, then took him somewhere else to make sure he was dead, according to court documents. Then, they drove Guerrero's car to Adelphi, Maryland where police say they dumped his body in a wooded area, before bringing the car back to Bel Air Road in Woodbridge.
His loved ones said he'll be remembered as always having a smile on his face.
"The guy who used to play soccer who was always there. I know he was gonna be a great dad, and I just want you guys to remember him like that," said Ruby Bermudez, a family friend.
His family vowed to get justice. "There's gonna be justice. I promise you that," said Salgado.
The family has set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for his funeral and his daughter.
Friday night, his family and friends held a vigil for him. They released white balloons into the air and listened to some of his favorite songs.
>Watch the vigil below:
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