An Indiana high school football player who was officially charged with murder in the death of a pregnant classmate allegedly told police he had been planning to kill her for about a week.
Police detained Aaron Trejo, a 16-year-old football player at Mishawaka High School, on Sunday after the body of Breana Rouhselang, a 17-year-old cheerleader at the same school, was found in a dumpster behind a restaurant close to both of their homes, according to court filings.
Rouhselang’s mother explained to police that her daughter, who was about six months pregnant, left the house to talk with the father of her unborn child around 11 p.m. on Saturday night.
When Rouhselang’s mother woke up around 1 a.m. on Sunday and noticed her daughter had not had not been back, she went to Trejo’s home, where the suspect told her he hadn’t seen Rouhselang that night as the two had planned.
After trying to reach some of their daughter’s friends, Rouhselang’s parents said they “got the feeling that something wasn’t right” and alerted police at 4:30 a.m. on Sunday to report the girl missing.
Investigators then went to speak with Trejo, where they found blood-stained glasses and a cap in an alley behind his home. After trac
ing more blood stains, authorities found Rouhselang’s body in a dumpster with a black garbage bag covering her head and part of her torso, court documents show.
Trejo and his parents were then brought in for interrogating by officials with County Metro Homicide, where the teen allegedly agreed that he and Rouhselang fought over the baby that night.
Trejo stated that Rouhselang had “waited too long” to inform him about the pregnancy to abort the child and then admitted to stabbing her in the heart with a knife because he thought it would kill her “quickly.”
Trejo allegedly said “I took action … I took her life,”.
He then told police he threw the slain teen’s phone and the murder weapon into a nearby river after dumping her body.
An autopsy confirmed that Rouhselang died from countless stab wounds and that a scarf had been tied tightly enough around her neck that strangulation was occurring before she died, the Associated Press reports.
Mishawaka schools Superintendent Dean Speicher said that Rouhselang and Trejo had gone to school together since elementary grades, but that he didn’t know any details about any relationship between them.
He said “They’ve known each other long before they came together — she as a manager and he as a football player — at Mishawaka High School,”.
Speicher further stated that he didn’t know of any previously violent incidents between the two.
“To our knowledge, there were no signs, everything appeared to be very normal.”
Trejo is now facing charges of murder and feticide in the pregnant teen’s killing.