The case of Sarah Root is a focal point of Donald Trump's acceptance speech at the 2016 GOP convention. The suspect in the killing is Honduran national Eswin Mejia, 19.
During his acceptance speech at the GOP convention, Trump said, "The number of new illegal immigrant families who have crossed the border so far this year already exceeds the entire total from 2015. They are being released by the tens of thousands into our communities with no regard for the impact on public safety or resources.
One such border-crosser was released and made his way to Nebraska. There, he ended the life of an innocent young girl named Sarah Root. She was 21 years old and was killed the day after graduating from college with a 4.0 Grade Point Average. Her killer was then released a second time, and he is now a fugitive from the law."
WOWT in Nebraska reported in January 2016 that police believe that Mejia had been involved in an illegal street race at the time of Root's death. The station adds that authorities said Mejia's blood alcohol level was four times over the legal limit. His driver's license had also been suspended.
Here are the photos that celebrate the life of Sarah Root, a life that was ended far too soon: