Rouhselang, 17, was six months pregnant.
Trejo, 16, was the daddy.
“Households got here to what was presupposed to be a celebration and as an alternative (we) discovered of this tragic occasion,” colleges Superintendent Dean Speicher advised The Indianapolis Star.
Trejo was charged on Monday with homicide and feticide in St. Joseph County Superior Courtroom. He was scheduled to be arraigned on Tuesday afternoon.
Throughout police questioning, Trejo stated he killed Rouhselang, an act he had been pondering for a couple of week, in response to court docket paperwork.
He stated he knew she was pregnant and that he was apparently the unborn kid’s father.
Neither of the teenagers needed a child, Trejo advised police; however he stated Rouhselang had “waited too lengthy to inform (him) in regards to the being pregnant to get an abortion,” the paperwork state.
In Indiana, a girl can’t legally obtain an abortion after 20 weeks of being pregnant, besides in excessive circumstances.
An investigator with the County Metro Murder Unit requested Trejo “what he did about that,” in response to court docket paperwork.
The teenager allegedly replied: “I took motion … I took her life.”
A current Washington Publish evaluation of greater than four,000 killings of ladies in 47 main US cities discovered that 46 per cent of the ladies died by the hands of a present or former intimate associate.
It was unclear whether or not Trejo and Rouhselang, who had recognized one another since elementary college, had been in an ongoing relationship. Speicher, the superintendent, stated that if a historical past of violence existed between the 2 teenagers, he was not conscious of it.
“To our data, there have been no indicators,” he stated. “The whole lot seemed to be very regular.”
Rouhselang, reported tv station WNDU, had been a cheerleader and softball participant at the highschool in Mishawaka, a city of about 48,000 folks 100 miles east of Chicago, close to the Indiana-Michigan border.
The college of 1500 remained open Monday for “all college students to come back and be round those that take care of them,” in response to a press release. Some college students gathered for a silent vigil across the college’s flagpole, reported the South Bend Tribune.
“The factor is that the majority of us are fathers, and any mindless dying could be very upsetting, however once you’re speaking about younger folks, it is extra so,” St. Joseph County Deputy Prosecutor Chris Fronk advised WNDU. “Victims’ (and) suspects’ households, these are the form of folks we hold our deal with, as a result of they did not select this.”
The arrest affidavit outlines the alleged occasions that precipitated Rouhselang’s dying.
Her mom woke at 1am on Sunday to find that Rouhselang was not dwelling. The teenager had deliberate to satisfy Trejo within the alley behind their home at 11pm the evening earlier than however by no means returned.
Rouhselang’s mom went in search of her at Trejo’s home a number of blocks away, in response to court docket paperwork, however he stated Rouhselang had by no means confirmed up for his or her alley assembly.
Rouhselang’s mom referred to as her daughter’s associates with out success. Then, she referred to as police.
Authorities quickly spoke with Trejo, who was maybe one of many final folks to see or speak to Rouhselang. Once more, he stated she by no means got here to satisfy him.
Police requested Trejo to textual content Rouhselang.
Subsequent, police searched the alley, the place they discovered glasses and a bloodied stocking cap – each recognized as Rouhselang’s by her mom. Officers quickly discovered extra blood. Then, they discovered Rouhselang’s physique in a dumpster behind a close-by restaurant.
Police took Trejo and his dad and mom to the station.
Trejo’s household, a detective later wrote, was given a top level view of the investigation, conferred in personal after which waived its proper to debate the case with an legal professional current.
Chatting with investigators, Trejo once more denied seeing Rouhselang that evening.
He had reached out to her for the primary time in months to see how her being pregnant was going, he advised police, they usually had organized a gathering. He despatched her a textual content message when she did not seem, he stated, however she by no means answered.
He stated he didn’t know the place Rouhselang had gone.
However after taking a break from questioning, Trejo modified his story, in response to the affidavit.
Now, the teenager stated that he had certainly seen Rouhselang that evening. The 2 fought over the being pregnant, the court docket paperwork state, and Trejo stated he stabbed Rouhselang within the coronary heart with a knife he had introduced from dwelling.
“Aaron selected to make use of a knife as a result of he thought it might kill Breana rapidly,” a detective wrote within the affidavit.
Trejo advised police he positioned a black plastic bag, which he had additionally introduced from dwelling, over Rouhselang’s head and torso. He put her physique within the dumpster, he stated, then walked to the St. Joseph River, the place he threw his knife and her telephone into the water.
An post-mortem confirmed that Rouhselang died of stab wounds. It additionally discovered that she had been choked, her scarf tied tightly round her neck.
“I’ve recognized her since she was 6,” her stepmother, Nicole Rouhselang, advised reporters. “I simply do not perceive it.”
By Monday, the crime scene within the alley was clear. An area resident, Christina Clark, advised South Bend’s WSBT that she had positioned some flowers there “to carry a bit of little bit of magnificence again to kind of a darker house proper now.”
“It is a horrible factor that occurred on this neighbourhood,” Clark stated, “to somebody who was very, very vivid.”
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