Suspect in 12-year-old boy’s murder makes first court appearance

Forty-two-year-old Edward Rivas is facing murder and arson charges.
Forty-two-year-old Edward Rivas is facing murder and arson charges.(Washoe County Sheriff's Office)
Published: Sep. 19, 2020 at 10:28 AM PDT|Updated: Sep. 29, 2020 at 3:24 PM PDT
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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - The man accused of killing a 12-year-old boy in Reno made his first court appearance Monday.

Forty-two-year-old Edward Rivas was arraigned in Reno Justice Court on September 28, 2020 on charges of murder and arson.

He did not request bail so he will remain in jail until his next court appearance.

The boy was found dead at 1235 Berrum Lane in southwest Reno on Friday, September 18. Police say Rivas lived there for a short time with the boy and his mother.

A GoFundMe account says the boy was 12 years old and a student at Swope Middle School.

Police credited a citizen with recognizing Rivas and reporting him to police, leading to his arrest.

Police also received a call from a citizen in regards to an abandoned bicycle wanted in connection with the case. The bicycle was confirmed as being the one police were looking for. Police said the bicycle was originally green but had been spray-painted black.

Anyone with additional information about this case should contact the Reno Police Department’s non-emergency line at 775-334-2188 or Secret Witness at 775-322-4900.


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