An Indiana high school football player is charged with killing his girlfriend, a pregnant 17-year-old former cheerleader, and her unborn child, WNDU reports.
Police arrested 16-year-old Aaron Trejo, who is on the Mishawaka High School football team, after Breana Rouhselang’s body was found just a block from her home in a dumpster behind a restaurant, WSBT reported.
Rouhselang’s stepmother said Breana was six-months pregnant when she died. Trejo told detectives that the child was his and he killed Rouhselang because she waited too long to tell him and could no longer get an abortion, according to court documents. On Monday, he was charged with murder and feticide.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Police Say Aaron Trejo Killed Breana Rouhselang & Admitted to Detectives ‘I Took Action … I Took Her Life’
Aaron Trejo was charged with murder and feticide in the killing. Breana Rouhselang died from multiple stab wounds, police said.
Detective Gery Mullins said in the charging documents:
After a brief break, I, Detective Mullins, began to ask pointed questions of Aaron and confronted him with the fact that the physical evidence was not going to support his story and that I suspected Aaron knew more than he was telling. There were several pauses and quiet times.
I then asked Aaron if the fight was about the pregnancy. Aaron Trejo quietly said, “Yes.” Aaron then 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.”
Aaron explained that he stabbed Breana in the heart with a knife he brought from home. Aaron chose to use a knife because he thought it would kill Breana quickly. Aaron stated that he put the black plastic bag over Breana, which he had brought from home for that purpose. Aaron Trejo said that he had been planning and thinking about killing Breana and the baby for about a week and had not told anybody. Aaron Trejo said that after he put Breana’s body in the dumpster, he walked to the river and threw Breana’s phone and his knife as far out into the river as he could.
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. The manner of Breana Rouhselang’s death is homicide.
You can read the full probable cause affidavit below or at this link:
2. Police Say Trejo Left Rouhselang’s Body in the Dumpster Because It Was a ‘Location of Opportunity to Hide the Victim’
Rouhselang’s body was found in a dumpster behind Rulli’s restaurant, near the intersection of Battell and Division streets, WSBT reported.
Assistant Police Commander Alex Arendt said that the restaurant had nothing to do with the murder.
“It was a location of opportunity to hide the victim,” Arent said.
The restaurant is located just one block from Rouhselang’s home and a few blocks from Trejo’s home.
Breana was last seen at her home around midnight on Saturday.
Her family called police at 4:30 am Sunday after they “got the feeling that something wasn’t right,” police said.
Rulli’s restaurant said in a statement:
3. Trejo & Rouhselang Had Known Each Other Since Elementary School
“It was learned that these two individuals knew each other through the football team at Mishawaka High school,” said Arendt.
Dean Speicher, superintendent for School City of Mishawaka, said that the two had gone to the same school since elementary school.
Trejo was a football player on the Mishawaka High School football team. He wore number 26.
Rouhselang was the team manager. She was also a former cheerleader at the school and played softball herself.
Mishawaka High School released a statement:
The Mishawaka High School family suffered a terrible tragedy today. School administrators are working with authorities in the investigation of the death of 17-year-old Breana Rouhselang.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family members and friends who have been affected by this great loss. Our focus is now to offer all of the support possible to our staff and students.
There will be grief counselors available at Mishawaka High School first thing in the morning and throughout the day. School will be open, and we believe it is best for all students to come and be around those who care for them.
“I want to assure the community that there is no ongoing threat to public safety associated with this tragic event,” Mishawaka Mayor Dave Wood said in a statement. These are the types of senseless tragedies that shake our small town community to its core. At this time, I would like to ask our citizens to join me in praying for Breana, her family, the Mishawaka High School community and all families that have been impacted. Our hearts go out to them.
4. Rouhselang’s Stepmother Said ‘I Just Don’t Understand It’ & Friends Called the Killing ‘Horrible’
Nicole Rouhselang, Breana’s stepmother, said that the teen was six-months pregnant when she died.
“She was like my daughter,” she told the South Bend Tribune. “I’ve known her since she was 6. I just don’t understand it. She was young. … too young to have a baby herself.”
“I think it’s horrible,” classmate Alexis Humphries told ABC 57. “I don’t understand how somebody could do that like, she was just such an amazing person – her friends, family, she definitely did not deserve this.”
5. A GoFundMe Has Been Set Up To Help Breana Rouhselang’s Family
A GoFundMe campaign was set up by Nicole Rouhselang to raise money for Breana’s funeral costs.
The GoFundMe page says:
Poor Breana was a victim to an awful crime today, December, 9th 2018. She was found deceased in a dumpster behind Rulli’s restaurant in Mishawaka, In. Breanna was 6 months pregnant. This is such a hard tragedy to accept! This loving young lady was so full of life and didn’t deserve this.
We are raising money for her funeral and memorial expenses…
Please keep this family in your thoughts and prayers. No one can ever be prepared for a loss like this.