16-year-old Indiana high school football player was charged with murder and feticide on Monday after he agreed that he brutally killed a 17-year-old pregnant cheerleader because she hid her pregnancy from him too long to get an abortion.
Aaron Trejo said he stabbed Breana Rouhselang in her heart with a knife, Detective Gery Mullins explained in charging documents gotten by Fox News. The cheerleader’s body was found in a trash bin behind a restaurant in Mishawaka, near South Bend and about 80 miles east of Chicago, over the weekend.
Mullins stated that Trejo “explained that Breana waited too long to tell Aaron about the pregnancy to get an abortion. I asked Aaron what he did about that, and he replied, ‘I took action… I took her life.'”
Trejo told that he used a knife being that he thought it would kill her quickly, then packed her into a black plastic bag, tossed it in the trash and threw her phone and the weapon into the river as far as he could, according to Mullins.
Fox 59 added that he will be tried as an adult. Feticide, or the destruction of a fetus, is also a felony in Indiana.
Mullins said “An autopsy confirmed that Breana Rouhselang died from multiple stab wounds, that her scarf had been tied so tightly that strangulation was occurring before Breana died, and that she was pregnant,”.
Breana Rouhselang, a Mishawaka High School student, was seen alive last at her home at around midnight Saturday. Her family called police around 4:30 a.m. on Sunday after they “got the feeling that something wasn’t right,” said Lt. Alex Arendt of the St. Joseph County Metro Homicide Unit.
Arendt said that Rouhselang knew Trejo from the football team, but the duration of their relationship is under investigation.
The girl’s stepmother, Nicole Rouhselang, told reporters on Sunday that Rouhselang had been a softball coach, a cheerleader and football team manager at the school. She added her stepdaughter had been about six months pregnant.
“I’ve known her since she was 6,” she said. “I just don’t understand it.”
Trejo was held without bond and is set to face a judge on Tuesday.
The school district released a statement on Sunday stating that administrators were working with authorities in investigating the “terrible tragedy” and that grief counselors would be available at Mishawaka High School on Monday.
The statement said “Our thoughts and prayers are with the family members and friends who have been affected by this great loss,”.
According to WBND, students at the school walked out around 11 a.m. local time Monday – the time 24 hours earlier when her body was discovered – to observe a moment of silence.