Police arrested 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 discovered in a dumpster behind a restaurant near both of their homes, according to court filings. The county prosecutor's office said the boy was being held on a preliminary murder charge and that formal charges were expected Monday.
Trejo, who initially denied involvement in Rouhselang's disappearance, later confessed to killing the girl because she had not told him about the pregnancy until it was too late to abort the baby, a South Bend police detective said in court documents.
On Saturday night, Rouhselang had reportedly told her mother she was going to meet Trejo behind a restaurant near her mother's house at around 11 p.m.
He told investigators he brought the knife and garbage bag from home and said he "had been planning and thinking about killing Breana and the baby for about a week", CBS affiliate WSBT reports. Police did not specify what Trejo and Rouhselang's relationship was.
Rouhselang was a cheerleader and softball player at Mishawaka High School.
A 16-year-old teen has been arrested in the killing of a 17-year-old pregnant schoolmate whose body was found in an IL restaurant dumpster.
Rouhselang's stepmother created a GoFundMe page to help cover funeral expenses.
The suspect was arrested on Sunday afternoon, hours after the victim's body was located in a dumpster outside South Bend, Indiana, local media reported.
When police arrived at the 400 block of Battell Street around 4:30 a.m. Sunday, they found evidence of a violent crime before ultimately discovering Rouhselang's body in the dumpster. The St. Joseph County Metro Homicide Unit investigated the murder.
He then admitted to stabbing her in her chest with a knife he took from his home, believing it would kill her quickly. The documents state the Trejo told police: "I took action". She was 6 months pregnant.
An autopsy found that Rouhselang died from multiple stab wounds, and that a scarf she had been wearing at the time was tied so tightly that she was being strangled before she died, according to the affidavit.
"They do know each other through the high school".
There will be grief counselors available at Mishawaka High School first thing in the morning and throughout the day.
16-year-old Aaron Trejo has since been charged with her murdr.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with the family members and friends who have been affected by this great loss", the statement said.